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86 OANADUN TCBP MCOLLEOTIONS 

were'up on the Sw ho "™''""°"°*''^ ''"'''^' ^^ Canada 
started aiS'tlt J^ """' '''^'° '" ""'"''«'' *>«'* 

135 pounds.*^ At The d opff ?°!"'^«' ^i"' «» <»> down to 

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clear length the best of his followers WhLX ^ * 

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ROBERT DAVieS, OWNER OP THE FAMOUS 
THORNCLIPFE STOCK FARM. 



AND OTBEB SKETCHES 



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A NOTABLE EACE AT LONDON. 



Sitting m the smoking room of the Tecnmseh House, 
London, some time ago, in conversation with a well- 
known western horseman, the talk wandered away back 
to the time when that still famous hostelry used to be 
crowded with outside turfmen. Thirty-five years ago 
there was a rare gathering present from far and near- 
conspicuous amongst them were Dr. Andrew Smith, Hon 
C. L Douglas, Major Peel, C. F. Elwes, Duncan (now 
Judge) MacMiUan, Dr. Woodruff, J. E. Seagram, P. D 
McKellar, T. Simpson, W. G. Henderson, John Davis 
George Forbes, Charles Boyle, P. Farrell, etc. Many 
other good men were present who have since joined the 
silent majority, but a sufficient number of genuine sports- 
men have been named to show how pleasant such gather- 
ings must have been. 

The old meetings at Newmarket track, London, were 
generally most enjoyable events, but that night as we 
talked of memorable bygone races, memory served up one 
noted contest on the old track that left much hard feeling 
and which created no small amount of scandal at the 
fame. I allude to the race between King Tom and Archie 
Fisher's Sir Archibald. There was a lot of feeling on 
both sides, and the betting ran high. The cockneys pin- 
ned their faith to the first named, while the Toronto dele- 
gation, strong in numbers and purse, stuck to the game 
brown stallion, and thousands of dollars were wagered on 
the result. 

Not only in the Tecumseh House over night, but on the 
track just prior to the race, the auctioneers, Quimby 
Forbes and Page, were kept busy selling pools, and when 
the bell sounded for the horses to come out I have no 
doubt that there was as much money at stake as was ever 
before wagered on a race in "Western Ontario. The race- 
was a dash of a mile and a half and was a gallantly con- 



on 

™ CANADIAN lUBF BEOOIXEOTIOJTS 

tested Struggle throughout, but Archie's horse was train 
ed to the hour and beat the "Kinir" hn^riT , 

body ous.de of a sehot few, they, while awardinTfte 

mjus hce. It was difficult to understand why they S 

he'tt ° T^'t"* °' ""f' "'^■°« ^^^ been made by 
the jockey on King Tom, and had such been done and 
proven, ,t would have demanded the punisZenrof thJ 
^ner, but no such objection was raised thTy awarded 

LZ^y'^'J'r': '^''''^' yefwitho'ut sTatilg any 
reason, declared the bets off. Afterwards evidence was 
forthcoming which showed the reason why A oemL 
London merchant, now dead, had been ^ing rattr 
h jLr'/'^"' ""-^ •^'"S " 't^o^R King Tom mal 

declare that it was one of the rankest decisions ever 
given on ,nny race course, and in almost any oThTsecZ 
of the country would have earned a jolly good mobMn» 
for the judges guilty of such a trick It .^ pie^^uf 
remember that outside of the little ring influenSZ th» 
merchant alluded to, every other Londoner who had JS 

wMoTrr^ f "^^ '^'"°' """' "'^'^^ of tbe manner 2 
wh^c^ he had been relieved of the necessity to pay to 



AND OTHIK 8KETCBE8 



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THE LADY WASHINGTON EACE AT CABLTON 
PABK. 

The Lady Washington race at Carlton Park a good 
many years ago was one of the most sensational events in 
the history of the Canadian turf. The race was mile and 
a quarter heats, end the contestants were War Cry, Moon- 
stone, Lady Washington and Protection. In the pool box 
over night Lady Washington was a steady favorite with 
War Cry next in demand. Protection and Moonstone be- 
ing rated about the same. About four thousand dollars 
was invested overnight, and on the day of the race no 
sooner did the pool-seller open out than fast and furious 
was the betting. For fully half an hour before the stari: 
two clerks were kept busy writing out tickets, and when 
the horses appeared at the starting post there was a heap 
of money in the box. 

The first heat was stubbornly contested from start to 
flmsh. For the first half War Cry, Moonstone and Mi' 
Lady were head and head. War Cry then let out a link 
and though Moonstone and the little mare kept at it they 
were never again able t» quite reach the leader, who won 
by a length from Moonstone, he the same distance in front 
of Lady Washington. The manner in which Captain 
Elwes horse had won the heat sent a swarm of hedgers 
around the pool box who made desperate eflForts to get 
out. One hundred, two, three and four hundred dollars 
were shouted for first choice, and every time War Cry 
was the first selection. Finding nobody would pick out 
a horse Qmmby bunched the balance, and those who 
already had the cheap pools which were sold on War Cry 
overnight made themselves very secure by buying an 
occasional field against which the odds were about four 
to one. 

In due course of time the horses were rung up for the 
second heat, and quite a crowd of prominent tnrfinen 



92 OAJfADMN TVM BEOOLLIOnONS 

the first attempt the flag went down to a capital Bend-off, 
all the horses bemg oioaely bimohed. To the three-qnarte^ 

Bounduig into the straight run home, War Cry moved 
ZT ^1^ y-'^"8*<'». ""d laid with his he^ at tS 
™^ P^^ of the leader. In this exact position thej 
raced past the starting point, the three-qnarter pole,3 
as theyswept by Charley Boyle shouted to his boy on 

Lat i° It rt'' °^''"'^ i»Bt™ctions and Moonstone 
beat him out by three-quarters of a length. No sooner 
R B°yl« oa" to h.8 boy to pull back than the late Mr. 
Bookless, who had been talking to him, remarked, "What 
do you mean, Charley, giving 8„ch an order m that?" 
Boyle s response was that his horse was sick and he 

IZd^.Vf-f.'^'" "" ^^ ''°°^'^' *° "^'^ Bookless re- 
sponded that If ^ was running a sick horse he would like 
to get the race finished as quickly as possible. Boyle's 
error of judgment cost him the race. 
No sooner was the heat announced to Moonstone than 

ZTrZ *°"r P'"** *" ** P""! "t^-J- Those who 
had started m on Lady Washington and had swung round 
to War Cry, now jumped on to Moonstone, and several 
!^ w! "'"'•e ^ere dumped into the box by the bewild- 
ered bettors In the third heat War Cry went off with 
the lead, and as they passed the judges' stand, was lead- 
ing Moonstone by a clear length, who in turn had about 
the same advantage over Lady Washington. At the half- 
mile Moonstone moved up to the leader, and in this order 
ttey raced the mile. As they levelled for home every- 
body was looking for an exciting finish between the two 
horses, when suddenly the little mare was seen to let out 
a Imk, join issue with the favorites and after a whipping 
finish she beat them out by half a length. War Cry se^ 
ond, a head in front of Moonstone. 

The faces of the betting men were now a study Those 
who had started in on the Lady, had, after the first heat, 
transferred their love to War Cry. When Moonstone 



AND OTBEB SKETCHES 



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placed the second heat to his credit the majority of them 
had followed him, and now here was their first sweetheart 
once more to the front and selling first choice in the pools 
for $100 to $20 over the field. At this rate a big business 
was done, one prominent sportsman of Toronto laying 
the odds fifteen times in succession. The fourth heat is 
easily described. The little mare outstayed the party, 
and from the drop of the flag was never headed. When 
the books were toted up it was found that $23,500 had 
been wagered on that race alone. 

NOW FOB THE SEQUEL. 

Later, at Saratoga, the boy who rode Lady Washing- 
ton in the race at Carlton Park, made the following state- 
ment how the race was won. It appears from what he 
stated that the boy rode seven pounds light, and the 
gang that followed the mare over here from the States 
so surrounded the boy when he dismounted that they 
managed unobserved to slip him the necessary seven 
pounds to weigh in correctly. Alexander Macnab, then 
the pohce magistrate of Toronto, was clerk of the scales, 
md neither he, nor any of the stewards, suspected any- 
thmg wrong. It was a trick carefully and cleverly exe- 
cuted, if the boy's statement is true, and there is not a 
shadow of doubt that the slipping of the weights won the 
mare the race. Many a time the Lady Washington race 
IS the subject of conversation when horsemen gather 
together, and it will be a long day before another such 
exciting contest is run. A well known and popular Q. C. 
won the best part of a thousand on the race, and many 
other fielders won big bank rolls on small investments. 



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CAKADIAK TVnr BECOLLWmoKg 



A STOBY ABOUT THE^ATE CHABLES GATES. 

Z rl ■ ""' ''"^ever, but to stagffer out to tho 



AKD OTBIB SUTOan 96 

After backing her oat of her stall the old fellow .trad- 
o ^i her, aod with hie long legi hanging almoit to the 
ground and hie upper worke swinging backward, and for- 
ward, the combination was in the highest degree 
ludicrous. Marching around to the li. 1, he walked the 
nag mto the bar, and a second time .ng her praises. 
ITie crowd, as before, jeered at the idea of her being 
able to run fast enough to keep herself warm and soon 
were jibmg the old fellow at such a rate that, apparently 
grown reckless by their teasing, he offered to run his 
mare a quarter of a mile for a hundred dollars against 

flash Charles Gates -vas on his feat, and though some 
objected to makxng a match with a man who was un- 
doubtedly too drunk to know what he was doing, he him- 
self insisted on "putting up the stuff." Charles Gates 
responded, and matched Yellow Bose against the ash- 
gatherer 8 mare, the race to come off next afternoon. 
Before separating for the night, the ashgatherer, still 
stowmg away the com juice, emptied out his pockets and 
donlrl't side"""" ^^^^ *° '"" '"""'™'' """^ ««^««>ty-five 
Next afternoon a big crowd assembled at the track to 
1.? *. 2/"^' «•«' th°°8h aU the horsemen around the place 

one-sided match, a couple of strangers, both of them 
apparently on a spree, kept taking the 10 to 4 as if in a 
drunken frolic. Arrived at the track the old peddler 
unharnessed the mare amidst a running fire of chaff and 
opemng up a box under the seat of his wagon, he krew 
out a racing saddle and a suit of jockey cloihes and, 
appealing to the crowd to know if there "weren't any 
youngsters around there that could ride a leetle bit " his 
invitation was accepted by a boy, a stranger to the crowd 
In a few minutes he was rigged in jockey costume and 
Gates' mare bemg also ready, they were led to the score. 

Z^vT """"fj'^^ '^' ^""^ ""' 8*^«°- 'The first jump 
took the peddler's mare half a length to the good and 
without an effort she beat Yellow Rose two lengths at 



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HON. WM. aiMON, PR,.,o,NT HAMILTON JOCK.V CLU. 



AMD OTREB SKETOBEB 



THE BAVEN DBOPPED BY THE WAY. 



It was away back early in the '70's that the story I am 
telling eventuated, and the three parties more particu- 
larly interested were the Hon. C. I. Douglas, Major Peel 
and Mr. Joe Grand. "Unele" Joe has joined the major- 
ity, Douglas is domiciled in London, and Peel is living 
retired in Sussex. At the time I speak of these three 
were part owners in the black horse Baven, a very fair 
performer, but a brute of rather uncertain temperament. 
If he felt 0. K. and nothing occurred to disturb his 
equanimity, it would take quite a flyer to beat him any 
distance up to two miles, but let anything happen to sour 
him and he could outsulk a Mexican male. 

The horse, however, had been running kindly for some 
little time, and it was determined to take him up to the 
Waterloo meeting and enter him in a dash of two miles 
that was advertised on their programme. At that time 
there were two or three good long-distance performers 
around, and the three gentlemen mentioned, confident 
that Baven had showed them a trial good enough to take 
them all into camp, determined to back him well and scoop 
the box. 

The night before the day of the race the pool-seUer 
started in, and a good bit of business was done on the 
two-mile dash, with the black horse sometimes a second 
and at other times a third choice. Major Peel was doing 
the business for the party, and when the box was closed 
for the night the trio had secured about every pool on 
Baven and stood to win quite a large pot of money. 
• Next day at the track, finding their horse in good form, 
they again sailed in, and so persistently did they stick 
to their representative that by the sheer force of their 
money they finally forced him to the front, and when the 



inn 

^"" OANADUN lUM BEOOLLECTIONS 

away, and ^Z 7he ^ wS JT, h* "" *^"'°« *"«» 
Baven to the front and he SeJ^fi^n '""^ ''°* 
fashion. Uncle Jo« »«= ^"'f" *"? "«'" along m merry 

, judges, stand an^°";rBoSht^ ^ -'"i" ""' ^"^ 
favorite was runninrtha? Sf^ T-**" *" ^"^^ ^' 
when in a happyfrTl „? ' ^"^T"*^ ^" "™«1 ""stom 
out his ideas EtTerl"'' '* '""^™'""^ *° «P«'"' 

thellt\5XBave^ h;V"r' ^-^ "* «•« »<^ "^ 
and was runnrng weHtb . W "'IJ ''f °' '"" '«»«*''« 
Uncle Joe's elh«w != Ti^ ^''- ^ ^^^ standing at 

against a hundred that hp'll iJZ V^^ **' *^«°*y 
just looking for some it t^ "" *''" ™'=*' ^'"^ 

Come along oM W f-Ti "f.^" ^« '»°°tt ^at way. 
stand theT^^d Se, w^^th^ £l 17 V'' f ''^'' 
on the lead Uncle Jo^ rept '^^S.^^ '''"^ "'"^''' 

class 5 hefrtLT ' hS' "^^ r^' T^^^^'- -* in his 
I sa;, Douglas whafcrabsT ^T' ''"" """ '^* »° t^at. 
him. Why Pee7 it I L, ? '"""'"' "^^ "'""^^^e of 

hi», watch HmLrl^.m"riu^ 'T"*" J"^* '^"^ »* 

while Uncle Joe deolTr^^ 1.?*^" "^ •"" P^w^on, 



AND OTHEB 8KETCRE8 



101 



of the horw that won it, but I remember verv weU that 
about the only parties who benefited by his victory were 
the hayseeds who bought him because he was selling 
cheap. And that night amongst that brotherhood lager 
beer flowed right merrily and they whooped it up from 
one end to t'other of little Tarmany. 



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OANADUW TUBF BEOOLLEOTIONS 



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thirty years Z were aH C ^"M°* twenty-five and 
cheap selling rfceTthei«^^*^* '^"''^'t ^ « 
talk that wa? r. W^X IrtTbl'^'^ ^ 
majority of them were eithfii- !^. ■ J^^L^ '^"*°«« t^i* 
about sprouting inTshortn'T?* ^'^ ""^ *"'*«^ <" 
body no wiser than tW« f ' *""' ^^^^ ^'"'^ ^-me- 
theyrepeattleX ' •' '""^ '" "'"'' '"*"''*-l^«' 

wo'rcanThr thfrwl*'%°''-*''"^ •^"«-' - they 
fnll share of The moJv • ""** ^f*""^ •'»°°»^ *» ^^n I 
those days the tackrw.T "^ P'«««»t-day company. L, 
now are and £?1T """'^ *'"'°°'J« ^'o^^ th^ they 
standard AnoIherlhLr '"T'^ "^ *° **•« P'««»t 
.Afferent f^^^o^ttoVrt^.^^'^f^'^'^ - " 
mnch more severe g^e Tht/ *"* ™'^"« ""^ " 
dashes then, an ocLE th T "" A^^fwlong 

heats, two i^te^Tndtt *?;:?""*'"'• P'*"'*'' »' "^^ 
and this sort ornroJ^.*''^''^*'*^''-"^* heats, 

should ha;elirf^Tra'snrt: '•r ■ 

much of the lafto, i,„ , speea. No matter how 

Wer. throttt;e^;,rrSr"^^ '^*"* ^^ *^« 

se"n\^r:fr^r - t':r,"r ''•^••- " *-^ 

was no rule then a^„t H "^^ ^''^ '^™«'-- There 

didn't win a heat Stl T ^"'"^ ^° *^« ^^^e if he 

j|ht to a ^i^xiz^iz-^iz ^rr 

Chances are that^^ I^^Z^^TL^^CUt 



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AKD OIBSB SKEICHas IO3 

vinoialg that would be quite worthy company toiZ 
best of those raised at the present time 

Pnnoess by Princeton-Boxaline, was an extra good 
SeXL* "7«-y«"-''''J- She campaigned all thr^gh 
tte States and won some splendid races. She scored at 

T«., and New Orleans, La. She kept on wimiing at W 

™I"? i"!/""!! °'."'^' '"'' five-eighths in 1.02 and 
miles m 1.44 with weight up over the tracks of those 
days was quite up to the best efforts of present-day pro- 
■ 7^«al«- Brait, a full brother of hers, was another <^^ 
horse. As a three-year-old he won at two miles.1^d t2 
W ^""It ^^ ^'^ ^"^^^ »' «°<^ J'°"«''. both at S8«! 
where he defeated an even aozen, carrying the ton 
weight, 112 pounds, and he won in a c;nterrs!x SngSs"^ 
threeHjuarters in 1.16 over a slew track. The BrooS 
race was seven-eighths, and here again he beat a stVoS 
field m a gaUop by three lengths in 1.29y2. The follow 
mg year, as a flve-year-old, with 120 pouids u^ he rl 
^quarters in 116, defeating such^od one^as B^ 
erTotierl! ' """"■' "'' '^'"'"'' "3> and sev- 

At Jerome Park he won at a mile in 1 45 beatinir « 

«r H s Ll *".?°^- ^ " --y-o'<i^e w^rL 

races His first victory was at Jerome Park, where he 

defeated a good field of high-class horses k'sS^i 

manding s^le that Billy Lakeland ran him up from Ms 

entered pnce of $1,200 to $2,800, and secured'^ Se 

next won a high weight handicap at Coney Island, carj 

mg 135 pounds, and rmming the mile on turf in !« 

How many Canadian-bred horses to-day could repeat the 

tnd. on a similar coursef This is one more nS the 

modem critics to crack. At Monmouth Pwk he ,SL 

rr sfl r ^ ^''-*f *? «°* flyers as Swift, pfa^ 

1 •^?o!^"*"'^' **"• ^ "*tle later, at Brooklyn he 

earned 124 pounds, the top weight, aLd beaH S of 

mne, meludmg such stars as Tea Tray, Long D^J B^ 



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OASADUK TUW .«»u*OTroK8 

When «,ven y^^ oW Jl w„n " '"*" "'" "' ^ "*««• 
m good company Th. feiin^- "^ "'''• *» *»» 

"<* horse, and an/c«tSan„^S iir; ' "«*-<"•« 

^ap.ve worth. theoo.pan/;,p"Si;;to:£^ 



AMD OIREB SKKTOHES 



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A PEW OLD-TIME 8POBT8MEN. 

Bmnagijig around the pigeon holes of an old-time dedc 
m my gnuggeiy I „„ ,„„gg ^ ^^^^ ^^^ ^^.^ 

brought recollections both pleaaant and sorrowful. Pleas- 
ant^ as a mm^isoence of a jolly night, brimful of enjoy- 
ment withm the bounds of reason and made memorable 
m one's mmd by the many good fellows that were pres- 
^1: 'TT' *"r* *'^°«* ** «»»"«««<» because so 

ambition, a« to-day sleeping the long sleep that knows 
no awakening. «"""» 

Let us hope that they have gained by the change. I 
take no stock in the frenzied doctrine that conjuws up 
visions of bninstone lakes and unutterable faints as 
the future state of those who in this world live not up to 
strict puritanical notions. The man who tries to act 
fMTly and lives a decent life, even though he does toy to 

t^^n wk' "'*,°,' f *'' '"^^ '^^ P»«'»°«'' «• he passes 
through this world, has. in my judgment, as fair a «S- 

wJ^T ? / ^'"''"" "" *••• "-nctimonions JUh- 
We^esday^fa^ chap who goes to chuwh twice everj- 

T^^^' Tt ™ "° ""^^ ^^' '"^ks to impress on you 

OhZ T '""*""'■ '^'"''"'««- ^ "*"''« the genuine 
Chnstian who never obtrudes his goodness, but thiTother 
professional whmer I take no stock in, and I am willing 
he should r«ap all the good to be gained by such af 
earthly preparation. 

I've wandered off the track, though, and now to the 
pleasanter thoughts that recollections of the many good 
qualities of the absent ones bring up. There was Jack 
Munro, not much given to making friends, but true as 
stee land all geniahfy to those he liked. A man of wide 
woridly experience, possessing ample means to live in 



IW OAKABUK TW McoLnonom 

was a «L T"^* °'"^"°»* *"''<» « the country He 
Another of the old piard was John Hendrie hi<r „f 

Major Peel, representative of a Mod old FncU.i, * 
Jy, a clever, popular fellow, fondTalTlS^of '!!" 

^. A very speedy horse, but an unlucky one He w^J 

met at Gu.th 7^''^"* everything before him. They 
met at Gnelph, and Bruce quit so badly in the race that 

A few hours afterwards it was rumored that he had b^n 




OR. ANDUW SMITH. CHAIRMAN KX. COM. ONTARIO JOCKEY ( 



AXD OTHU IKITOHU 



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"got at," and from infomation nfterwardi gained it 

t^^^^ 'J^* '''• °"'"'* '"^ ''*™ removed and the horse 
h«l ailed himielt with hay and ouU. What added color 
to the etory waa that a boy who had looked after him 
cleared oot immediately after the race. The affair bo 
diaguited Peel and Dbuglas that they nt once aol.' the 
home to the late John ForbeH. In the hands of CL rley 
Boyle he proved himself a game good i)erformer, but he 
soon went lame, and though the patching process was 
practiced on him for two or tlirue years, he could not 
stand the pressure, though his owiifr lost thousands of 
dollars backing him. The "Major," after taking a "fly" 
as the lessee of a theatre, a stock broker, o gentleman 
farmer and a travelling passenger agent for u railway, 
finally wandered back to BInghind, and is now rusticating 
in the neighborhood of his old home. 

How many of you are there who remember Clarence 
Moberlyt At one time chief engineer of the Northern 
Railway and a prince of good fellows. Kather under 
sized in height, but a compact, wiry built one, always in 
the pink of condition, with a face clean-cut as a cameo 
portrait, ever garbed neat as a new pin from the soles of 
his boots to the crown of his head. There was nothing in 
the world he waa so fond of as racing, and there were but 
few meetings but, what he attended. He was a liber.il 
backer of his own opinion, and once set on a horse he 
would put his money down with a free hand and his most 
intimate fnends could not get him to hedge a dollar, no 
matter how bilious his chance appeared. 

I remember one time at Carlton Park he was in the 
"box" over fifteen hundred dollars on War Cry in a 
memorable mile and a quarter heat race, and though the 
writer urged him to "hedge" after the second heat 
proved his horse was amiss, he refused to shift, and next 
morning it cost him over $1,600 to settle. Though by no 
means burdened with wealth, he came up to the settling 
desk with his usual smiling face, and after paying the 
pool-seller he handed the Club Seeretarj- $25, the amount 
he had some days previously subscribed to the racing 



P«ild WOO for th. frlL^. ^" *'*™'y *» t«l«- H. 
«««. month, h. 3J,^S hfi"?"*''**''"' •"" '^«»^ 

den diMppearance is to M. a '** "'"^- ®« "d- 

Peared to the terrible Joto.to^ '^'^^^'7, *•«* ^"P" 
he mtended travellinir in th.f J'^ «UM«ter. It was known 
d«y, but whether he l"st* ^J'lf °" °° *•"' P»^«"'«' 
i". that awfnl fl<^d ha?ne™r M ' "^f** *''"* P*»*ed 
W. fate, no ti^rfriend Th^" '*^ •"'^ •""* "''•'«"" 
ever loved the noble s^rt *" """"'P'*^ «*»«*•»« 

"is," ^Xl^-o^^Ht^Tr'"' °-' "' »»"• 
in Ontario. He boZhfT t ^ be«t-known horsemen 

the Ridges, a imS 0^^',?""^°' '-<^ °P o« 
wards declared, when ^ItrZJlrl^^, " ^' "*«- 
carry twenty acres of hi^nl^LT ""^ "*^ " ^»»ld 
W« neighborVfl™ bu tK ' ?""" ** """^ o»to 
him when the sam?stro«V ' • ?""* "'""J" '««'« ba<* to 
was „ wa™ fS f^t^? rDo^'""'^ --*' He 
New York inilli„„aire^h„ tLf^^' ^^'^ »' *"" 
Keswick on Lake Simcoe and sSa h^* *f *" "^ "* 
it. Being ambitious to J.L '^".V ''*"P °' money on 
took the fat^oiargiancel!; 7"^'°?.*" '^^ <*""*^ ^e 
of $50,000 to get £r;^lJ,7;f J° !P»<J -/part 
mons He spent the money S got Serf T"' ^•""- 
Ts "^t^^ DouSstlertS ^ 
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nll™.r„ < \tL """ "'• eon«ider«d certain. DongU? 

•Bd when th. former eiUled at his honie and uked U» 
how he w.. going to vote, "Mao" rephej he -'i^JZ 

^p alw." Dougla, warmed up in favor of hi. friend 
Dodge, .poke of hi. wealth, hi. great ability and the 
•nomon. int«re.t he had in the country «d ratter hL 
m«ed tte oa ibr. of the farmer who w.Tmnningl^Ln':^ 

"N«. donbt, Mr. Douglas, ye ken what ye «.e wyia. 
hut^,... the .«„e I'U nae vote for him. ri[ga;; S 

<s^^^Jl^T I'"', "^ '"A*"" """""""^ *•"'"*?''* ho had made a 
Ton don't know enough to bore a hole in the .now," and 
the irate canva..er went .traight home, chucked U, Ct 
mto the fire and decided he wawi't cut out for a politS 
oanya.Mr. Mr. Dougla. finally tired of W. n«Jth 
««.dbank «,d return^ to Engfand ffl. h«dau^^ 



W2 



CAKADUK TUBF BECOIXEOTIONS 



THREK-MILK HEATS ON THE DON RACE 
COURSE IN 1846. 



Once more I travel back to *l,e days of the old timers. 
To the days when Messrs. Bonlton, Romaine, Gates, Lit- 
tlefield and others were in the bloom and prime of life 
and never so happy as when making a match or watchinir 
a race. The year 1846 was « red-hot one in this province 
Mr. George Parish, then of Ogdensbnrg, but later of 
Vienna, and while there a prime favorite at the Court of 
the Emperor of Austria, came over to Canada with his 
stable of thoroughbreds, prepared to give battle to all 
who chose to challenge him or accept his offers Mr 
Parish was deservedly popular with all who had the 
pleasure of his acquaintance, and whether on the quarter 
stretch or in the salons of fashion, he was alike the courtly 
gentleman and accomplished scholar. During his visit 
to Toronto, at tL3 time I allude to, he was the guest of 
the late Chief Justice Robinson, father of the popular 
John Beverly Robinson, afterwards Lieutenant-Governor 
of Ontario; who was himself an enthusiastic admirer and 
a warm supporter of all legitimate sports. 

One night, over their wine, Mr. Parish, who was never 
so happy as when chatting apropos race horses and rac- 
ing, offered to match his horse Americus against any 
horse in Canada, three mile heats, for one thousand dol- 
lars a side. The offer was no sooner made than it was 
accepted by Mr. C. E. Romaine, who named Gosport, a 
bay stallion, lately brought to Canada by Charley Gates 
The race was to be run on the Don track in four weeks, 
and straightway Romaine purchased Gosport from Gates 
and entrusted his training to Sage Armstrong, who a few 
years later became well known as a trotting horse owner 
and driver, both in Canada and the United States 



AND OTBEB 8KII0HI8 



113 



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Mr. Parish's horses were all under the skilfnl handling 
of Shaw, who for many years oondncted a noted estab- 
lishment on Long Island immediately opposite the famous 
Hiram Woodruff's place. The morning after the match 
was made a legal gentleman waited upon Mr. Bomaine 
with the "articles," and both principals' names were 
attached to them. When it became known that such a 
match was made a lively interest was roused and outside 
speculation commenced. The betting was pretty even up 
to within a day or twn of the race, at which time it leaked 
out that Americus haa b'>9n highly tried and found to 
answer all expectations, then Parish stock went booming 
and ficon $100 to $75 was freely offered and as freely 
accepted. 

The weather for a week before the race was above 
reproach and on the eventful day it was as if ordered for 
the occasion. For two hours before a steady stream of 
Yorkites were pouring in the direction of the Don, and 
when the saddling bell sounded, fully five thousand peo- 
ple were on the course. The chief notables of the province 
were on hand, and many a charming Miss I'lat day sport- 
ed the colors of her favorite, and so numerous were the 
boxes of gloves wagered on the event that Kay's stock 
of kids was exhausted within twenty-four hours after 
the judges' decision. 

The race itself was memorable for the desperate nature 
of the struggle throughout. In neither heat from the 
drop of the flag to the finish was there more than a 
couple of lengths between them. Entering upon the last 
half mile of the first heat Americus was leading by two 
lengths. Gosport here accepted the challenge, and after 
a terrific struggle round to the home stretch, succeeded 
in showing his head in front. Down the straight run it 
was a fierce struggle and the excitement of the multitude 
was at fever heat. Fifty yards from home Gosport made 
a supreme effort and gained the verdict by a scant half 
length. The second heat was almost a repetition of the 
first. Americus piloted the way for two miles and three- 
quarters, when Lewis on Gosport, made his move and 



IM CASTADUH TUU BEOOLLROIIOOT 

S^r!l!*'^*^'*~"'* ■*"«»'• «»^t«<l Half way down 

STfl^!*^ h^rider'e call, came away and won a ma/ 
mlio«t race by a dear length, landhig « big MWor 
Mr. Bomaine and bis friends. '^ 






AUD OIHEB 8KET0RES 



US 






/ 



PAST AND PBE8ENT RACING. 



There are some new-fledged tnrfmen who pretend to 
believe that racing in Canada thirty or forty years ago 
was of no acoonnt. Tme, the tracks then were not as fast 
as now, neither were their furnishings as liberal, nor the 
purses as large in amonnt as those offered at the present 
day, but the charge for admission was small and the 
public then, as not., were liberal in their patronage. 
Prominent men from distant sections of the country 
used to foregather and there was more friendly inter- 
course and social enjoyment at those early meetings than 
at the present time. In a word, there was more pleasure 
and less business, more keen enjoyment of the racing 
through enthusiasm for the sport than for the sake of 
the money that could be squeezed out of it.ji>^ei when 
memory travels back to the date alluded to, I can picture 
many a gallant contest, recollections of which stir the 
blood even now. 

In 1873 Barrie course was in its glory and a goodly 
number of dollars were offered in premiums. Their July 
meeting that year was a memorable one, it being the 
initiatory year of the Canadian Derby, which was won by 
Dr. Smitii's War Cry, who landed at Barrie after a most 
eventful trip from New York. It appears that after the 
Doctor bought him, he selected a groom to fetch the 
Derby candidate on to Canada, giving him instructions 
to follow immediately. The Doctor arrived home, waited 
day after day, but no horse came to hand, and though he 
kept the wires busy with his messages of enquiry, nothing 
could be ascertained from Gotham, except that man and 
horse had left there at the time ordered. Finally the 
missing pair were found at Albany, it turning out that 
the groom had become crazy on the journey and had 
taken the horse out of the car at Albany, and had left 
him in a livery stable there. When reclaimed by the 



y. 



llfi 

•"» OAlTADlAIf lUBP BEC0LLECTI0N8 

to the iroughTthTsSSuT'" *""■ *"° *"'"' '^'^ 

it; bnt the qui S? TZ' ^""^'^ '" »<• ^^ape to win 
couldn't ina^rhTie L7r„°L"r "? ^* ^''^^ 
and despite his bein^^ ''afroff •' he t- T'^n '"^ •''^*' 
length in the slow time of 2S1A thll! °'''"' '"'^ "^ 
and a half. War Cr^JLl: 'I' * '^'stence, one mile 

pool box were »hn^V '^'"T''^'- "n»H honors in the 

lander GoSh and E^r: "ITT f ^«"«««' ^or- 

on the'issneSe race was 'a^sW "' "°T *'«P«°^<^ 
close game throuehont Z J Tv™" "'"'• *•"* " ^"^ » 
Pring^ mZS^ ' S! ^'f*"* ^r« «««»r«<l by Mr. 
abovf. Noso^erJ!!'th.l°''T ^""Wng as named 

a foreit, bred, and therefore nZSble fS Z P,T 
80 persistently was this story renea Id th.f 1 '***• 
ber of people beiran fn >1«7 '?f ***«'' *hat quite a nnm- 

had so LreaeX he'SC If' ^ ^ '^" '"'»- « 
declare that they knew all abont Ttlj^t "^f ^ '"'"''^ *<> " 
brought over from^thT sLt. i ' *"* ** ^"^^ '•«•' »>«c» 

indisUb.e%^rn?e%oSdTtu',r^^^^^^^ 

pr,-re it. Mr. Prfnrfe th^ ZJ f^,^^ Cobourg to 




QEO. M. HENDRIE, PRESIDENT WINDSOR RACINO ASSOCIATION. 



AHD OTEU BKITOHW 



ta 



On the day following that on whioa the Plate was ran 
7*?.r^* "^'^ exciting hurdle race between Mitchell, 
Jaok the Barber and Edenton, the latter, one of the worst 
mamered brutes that ever had a saddle on his back. In 
tte hurdle race aUnded to Mitchell was a red-hot favorite. 
His victory of the previous day over the same company 
inade ,t, with the majority of the bettors, a foregone oon- 
duBion, but there were a fev who paid a Uttle more atten- 
tion to the matter of weights, and remembering that the 
favorite had a heap of lead up, cast their affection upon 
Jack the Barber, another mean tempered one. Jack at 
ttat time was owned by "Uncle" Joe Grand (green be 
tas memory), and the writer of these "BecoUections" 
remembers well his expressive remark just prior to the 
start and after a few ducats had been posted on his 
dianoes as a mutual "spec": "If Jack don't sulk, hell 
break MitcheU's heart the last half mile," and the 
prophesy proved true. 

The race for a mile and half was a neck and neck 
<itrnggle, each horse lifting together at the jumps. But 
once squared on the stretch for the home run, wei^t, that 
great leveUer, commenced to teU, and, though Quebec's 
representative fought a gallant fight, responding nobly 
to every call of his jockey, it was not to be, and Ontano's 
<&ampion gained first honors by a length. Great was the 
shout that went up from the throats of the people, and 
m^iy were the hearty congratulations extended to 
Uncle Joe. Methinks I can see him now, his joUy face 
full of smiles and his cheery voice sounding clear as a 
bell as he cracked his jokes and caUed upon his friends to 
]om him m a bumper of sparkling MoseUe. Those were 
pleasMit days, let the croakers say what they will. Many 
a good man and true went the rounds and enjoyed the 
ftn and though charges of fraud were frequent, yet I 
beheve that about nine times out of ten the charges could 
not be sustained. It will be many a day before a more 
mthusiastic lot of good fellows will follo^r the fortunes of 
tne Canadian turf. 



lao 



"""MAW TOMT 



laoobLionon 



ELBVBN-HBAT BUNNING BACB. 

?'«f;'- 2 635 344H.5 

i^^^°«^ 62615214232 

King Harper 415 34122 644 

vii„ TIT lu J 2 6 5 dr. 

Ella Walker 7 4 2 6 dr 

?«""•• 8 44 dr. 

Lazy Harry 1 5 2 dr. 

Time not reported. 

h,™ '"•l!''""^ *" ^^^ *•"** *^« -^bove is a record I 
have witnessed many long-drawn out contests bntni 
one_of them eqnaUed this, and the Uttle tSan SCe 
of Etoira .an lay claim to having had the longest dTaS 
theirrer "" " *" ''^*°'^ <" *« turf ^eciSTn 



AM) Omm MITOBM 



m 



A "MEBBY DAT" TIP. 



Whew I but those Montreolera had it gerved up to them 
hot and strong that winter. Certain of the wise citizens 
of the Eastern metropoUs became acquainted the summer 
before at the Bel Air meeting with some horse owners 
whose occupation is more of touting than training. After 
that meeting closed in August the tipsters kept the wires 
busy sending on "sure" things to their Montreal client*. 

When the New Orleans meeting started, then the tout- 
ing game commenced in earnest, and considering the con- 
ditions on which the touts were doing business, viz., put 
up nothing and draw half the winnings, it is not surpris- 
ing they kept the wires warm with their information. One 
of the most persistently touted horses, both that fall and 
all winter, had been Dave S. A syndicate had been formed 
and the final wind-up of investments on that in-and-outer 
was a total loss of over $2,500. Hope again told its flat- 
termg tale with others, but the blanks so far outnumbered 
the prizes that outsiders wondered the northerners did 
not shut down on the southern tipsters. 

Just about the time they were getting tired of invest- 
mg more money in lobsters they were favored with a 
brand new, double-dyed-in-the-wool, thirty-seven-inches- 
to-the-yard article that was guaranteed to be more sure 
than taxes. Aurora never gilded the sky with more bril- 
Hant promise than the New Orleans confederacy pictured 
the absolute certainty of their latest triple-riveted, besse- 
mer steel, armor-plated, donble-turreted certainty. No 
anarchist leader was ever sworn to more inviolable sec- 
recy than the Montreal chosen ones— these, about six in 
number— who were warned to get ready for the most san- 
guinary slaughter of the whole winter season. A tele- 
graph code, as secret as the grave, was in use, and day 
by day the Montrealers waited for the fateful news that 



to b. inv..s it ii'^ sztx T^:^ y "• 

•<H«n M the signal oun. t««n? f^ ™ ^""' »•• •• 

• aority of the historic Arab of Se dL7 J^ *?' •"" * 
diMppeared from their usual imLT^ * "^J^ ^ 
hole had suddenly oD«i^n .!?^^ * T" *• ** • «««t 
With the imiX^fjl HatSr ""^ '^"P*' ^ 

d«idly work a'i ^Z" NeXrTfT/p *1 "" **»' 
rjUable being left in^'nS to 2te^^ ♦^^f '^''' T "^^ 
Whether that old reHable C^ wu*' '"'*' *«P- 

•ix ooMpiraters, brfore leaSrl^. '''"''?'* •"•« »' «» 
Tom and he had hl^^ZTT^J^^^'^ *•"« "eoret to 

Friday momS.g -7bS« a'i7'':"^^«>'' 
^.en""ellranr^hf C -- " -^-'^tT 
of.ppres.^^^Sr'^/S-r*'*'*''"^'''- - 

wotvrjs^oSra^irfr^^^^^^ 

tototheiampot. i^Z 2o^ZZlZ,^f^l 
doDars were bettin/r twenties ,^Z ^^ " °°°P'* «' 
Bionally loosen np and gSle C 21'""°^' '''«' »««■ 
ing in fifties «nS h™! j J *"* '^^y- '^e'* throw- 

ii ™^™ « s.^1,"* r? """■' "'■■■ "< 



;t 



AXD OTHU UnOHM 



12S 



tMla«d to the hour, aad wm to be deUvered oberry ripe 
•t the poet The loci pool room, never gave mo« tK 

I * lu ^' P"** ^'^ ''•" peppered lo vigoronilv 

ttat they soon out to 2 to 1 and finally 8 to 6, and even at 
UiMe ■hnmhen odd. quite . pile of monay wa« bet When 
they're off" .onnded throngh the room there wa. a 
jHUne.. ahno.t wlemn in iU intenelty. It wai so denM 
for • few Moondi that one f jlt he conid ont it into piecea. 
and when the caller-off .aid: "Percita first, Merry Day 
Moond," the wiM men wen. shaking hands with them- 
Mlve^ and when the next call came that Merry Day wa* 
Moond in the stretch, only a neek behind the leader, 
there was an andible chuckle all over the room, which sud- 
denly changed to a sort of frown nnile on the face when 
the words rang ont from the operator: "Command win. 
by a head, Merry Day woond. " Another .nre thing gone 
wrong. 



134 



OAWJUHAn TVMt 



•■ooLuonom 



NBTTIE-S TBIUMPH AT LONDON. 

wigs lay thicker^' ti^^ ^ *'* *''•'•• «"» «>• «»yi' 
knowing one., o? «„,«, t" *°' •'*;**^' ^y. "U th. 

and a strong deleeation fm^w "u .' ^'- B°oHeM 
tha^.e»o4.ai.firreS^^^^ 

The averam, -jn of ♦!,« « t * ®*''^**t favorite. 

Mohawk, iffl r$^' S tJe *\r^^''";' f° **• **»' 

on a Janna.7 mom -'4Zm t-w .k f^" "' '** """^ 
dollarst" was OnimW- • * ** °^^ ''"^« «* *•«•«« 

toMers,andrt%Sm.5, 'rr°'u''PP'"" *° »^'' °»«- 

both fall do^'-' 'm '^ "? '' ^""^ ""'J Mohawk 



AXD OTRU MnolM U5 

ud Uohswk was JMt th«n thought by his owner, John 

horM Old Ntttie wat looked upon as out of the count. 

• good n»re though ihe had proved henelf in a score 
Of iiard fought fights; she was considered outclassed and 
the most enthusiastic backer of the White sUble couldn't 
pluck np nerve enough to do more than take one or at 
most a couple of the three-dollar snaps. The day of the 
raoe was as fine as one oould wish for, and a large crowd 

* £^f It «?."'«"^ to '^tness the sport. Prior to the 
start of the big race, which was a dash of two miles, pool- 
Mlhng was continued with great vim, the Quimby com- 
bination sticking to Belle and the Forbes contingent pil- 
ing It upon Mohawk. 

Aa the horses cantered past the judges' stand in a pre- 
luninary pipe opener, neither of the two favorites filled 
the eye equal to the daughter of Kennet. Leary had 
eased her np for a week or so after her eariy summer 
campaign, and certainly she looked and acted fit to run 
for a man's life. With the sheen of satii on her coat 
Md an eye bright as a hawk, many a one famllii-: with 
the gameness of the pride of Halton regretted they had 
not taken a few of the cheap ones that had all along been 
going a-begging. The veteran Leaiy was in the saddle, 
and bis old head was worth seven pounds any day against 
boys, especially in a two-mile dash. There was very little 
time wasted on the start. At the second attempt the flair 
was lowered with the favorite on the lead, Mohawk in 
second position and the Canadian trailing three lengths 
behind To the half mile these positions were unchanged 
then Mohawk moved up a little closer, the jocks on both 
the leaders watching each other with jealous eye, appar- 
ently carmg nothing for the trailer on their path. 

Past the judges' stand on the first mile Mahone had a 
length to the good, Mohawk following, and Nettie still 
three lengths behind ; round the quarter Mohawk respond- 
ed to a call and closed upon the leader; a sharp skirmish 
took place to the '-alf mile, resulting in the mare sHIl 
having a half lengtu the best of the argument. But now 



126 O^lJADUN ICBF BECOLLEOTIOOT 

a new interest made itself foit t 
««iibited rare patience wateLJ^'T' ^''° "" »'»°« ^^d 
-other, saw the cntiX Sftti^S" .'*'*^« ""« 
Mgnpon the "old slave » r«3 x f"^^^^ Md. eall- 
by them as if they wr^n"^ ^ """ ^^^'''^^' ^<^i 
pole had a lead Jf JZ^S^T^X "' *"'' *''*"^''"'^' 

MohairrBxrh^nrSwrv'^.^'^^ '-^- 

on the other hand, was fr^Bh ,« • ! "^^"'^ ^*''*- ^'«t«e. 
winner of the dash I^thSe'LH*' ""^ '""^ '«>"'« » 
have been inore^ZZZ'^'^T^'l'^?'"^'''^ 
make an exhibition of th^tZil^rTt, "^""^ *° 
heavy one, the followers both n#?^T' ^¥ ^°P ^"^ » 
clean scooped, and the^SraW l'^*' ^"^"^ ^«'e 
head that had swooped" ot^oT^^r "Tt"" '^'^^ " «»'« 
thinking he had b/to st^^ t^^^ rall^" "' "^^'\ 




HUOH PATON, OIRKCTOR MONTRCAL JOCKEY CLUI 






AND OTH '-.R BKKT0HX8 



129 



FORTY AND FIFTY YBABS AGO. 



Every now and then I hear some of the young chaps 
grow rapturous about the wonderful progress the run- 
ning turf has made in Ontario, and cite the Ontario 
Jockey Club meetings as proof of it. Now I quite agree 
with them so far as the big Toronto meeting is concerned. 
It is an improvement over any of the old-time meetings. 

Nearly forty years ago the Whitby Club used to give 
some rattling good meetings, and purses of $400 were no 
uncommon prize. Now grass grows over its track and 
the footfall of the thoroughbred hasn't been heard there 
for years. Hamilton in those days used to hang up thou- 
sands of dollars, and prominent men used to gather 
from all over the province; contests as keenly contested 
as any run nowadays were then witnessed, but for a long 
time the glory departed from there also, and it is only 
within a few years that the Hamilton Jockey Club has 
again popularized the silks and satins of the turf in the 
Ambitious City. 

London was another popular centre, and on the old 
Newmarket track there was many a gallant contest in ye 
olden days, and good men and true gathered from all 
over to take the odds or lay them as their fancy decided. 
And what a jolly crew used to report the night before the 
opening day of the meeting at the Teoumseth House, the 
headquarters of the tribe. Business men, professional 
men and gentlemen of leisure would be there, all bound 
for the races and all bound for a good time, but all in cor- 
rect form as became gentlemen who had a proper respect 
for themselves. Then again, down in the old Limestone 
City, on the old Cataraqni track, there were many good 
races and province-breds who could hold their own with 
the best of the present day, struggled through two-mile 
heats, and those terrible killers, mile heats, three in five. 



I 



130 



OANADMir TUBF BEOOLLECTIORg 



X 



No man but a latter day crank can deny that there were 
Bome rattling good perfonners then. Memory sZlnp 
snch good ones as Angnsta, Allendale. Brown Dick, Mont 
?Jr I*T ■J"''V^'^"°''' Newcastle Maid, Twilight, 
^J n."^^' ^''™'*''' T^""''*'- Harper, ToiLy 
Wonder Clanon, Blanche, Marksman, Don Juan, Wil 

Jrait" A*^;^','^ '"J™'^'^'^' ^'^ ^''f' """J Mttle later 
T / r^"^'"''''' ^« ^'»"' ^^ Byo». Vespueins, 
Jnd^e Dnrell, Vandal, War Cry, Carleton, Edent^n. The 
Moor Valey, Kelso, Jim Comior, Bonny Braes, Jack 

fv, 't .r ^''f, ^'■•*°' ^'*«''^' D"ffy ^d lots more 
that I can't recall to mind jnst at the moment, and those 

w.^* fu^^ "■''^ '""« '"'*'"«« '•'"^R ^«8 more the 
rule than the exception, and a meeting without mile heats 
was booked a duU affair, and many a gallant three-ndle 
heat race m those days proved the stubborn gameness of 
the performers. o oo ui 

How many horses do yon suppose, owned in Canada 
to-day could have stayed the trip with Verge, Julia 
Adams Jack the Barber and William Ashley in their 
great three-mile heat race at Whitby, in June, 1862J The 
first heat was won by the mare in 5.41%. The second and 
third by Verge in 5.34 and 5.38^2, and weight for age was 
the impost The day before on the same track, JuUa 
Adams won a two-mile heat race in 3.38 and 3.41 • Verge 
being beaten a length in the final heat and a scant neck hi 
the second. The year after, also at the county town of 
Ontario, Thunder, with 122 pounds up, won a two-mile 
heat race m 3.42% and 3.381/4, Harper being lapped on 
him in both heats. Three and four thousand people used 
to turn out m those days, and though bookmakers were a 
betbng medium unknown, yet a goodly quantity of dollars 
used to be wagered, and lots of prominent men of the 
community were not ashamed to be seen backing their 
fancy. 

AN ANCIENT QUEEN 's PLATE. 

I have heard it claimed a hundred times that no 
Queen's Plate was ever run in Canada before 1860, but 
the following, published some time ago by the Cobourg 



AND OTHEB SKETCHES 



131 



Star, is a fac simile of the bill issued by the Newoasfle 
Tnrf Clnbin 1841: 

"Newcastle Totf Club, June, 1841. 
"President— D'Arcy Boulton, Esq. 
"Stewards— The Sheriff of the Newcastle District, 
Geo. S. Bonltbee, Esq., Donald Bethnne, Esq., John Craw- 
ford, Esq., J. S. Innes, Esq., Wm. Weller, Esq., H. Cov- 
ert, Esq. 
"Treasurer— Wm. Weller, Esq. 
"First Day, Tuesday, 22nd June— The Cobourg Plata 
of £100, free for all horses. Heats, two miles and a dis- 
tance. Two-year-olds, a feather, three-year-olds to carry 
6 St. 6 lbs. ; four, 7 st. 9 lbs. ; five, 8 st. 4 lbs. ; six, 8 st. 10 
lbs. ; and aged, 9 st. Horses bred in British North Amer- 
ica, allowed 8 lbs. The winner to be sold for £200, if 
demanded within one-quarter of an hour after the race. 
Entrance, £5. 

"The Queen's Plate of £25, for horses (the boha fide 
property of subjects of Her Majesty two months before 
the day of running) . Three-year-olds to carry 9 st. 3 lbs. ; 
four, 10 St. 7 lbs. ; five, 11 st. 3 lbs. ; six and aged, 11 st. 7 
Ibi. Heats, one mile and a distance. Oentlonen riders. 
. Entrance, £5. 

"A. G. Allan, Secretary." 
A glance at the above shows the Cobonig Plate in those 
days was worth a hundred sterling, equal to $500 Cana- 
dian currency. In fact, I saw $§Q0 purses hung up in 
Toronto thirty-eight years ago.'^will always be a de- v^ 
batable point that will be stoutly defended on both sides, 
whether we have made much improvement in breeding ■ 
the thoroughbred in Ontario. Remember, that the pres- "' 
ent going at Woodbine is infinitely faster than the tracks 
at London, Hamilton, Whitby and Kingston were, and 
I'm not altogether certain in my mind, but that Nettie, 
Jack VMidal, Bay Jack, Terror, Jack BeU and such could 
hold their own with the present race of provincials. 

Of course we hear a great deal about the naughty do- 
ings in those days, but page for page the record then was 
just as dean as it is now. "White man is mighty unoer- 



18* CANADUK IMF BlOOLUlonONB 

teia," according tx) Indian logic, and tho«e who race 
^^^ '"• "o improvement on tho«. of tZ^r 
Ihir^ yearB ago. Crooked men will try and get^ tteir 

wUh the tnok 3o long as grass grows and water runs 
thew job. wall be attempted, and the tnrftnen of toX 
canaot woccssfnlly throw stones at their pre^ecTssS 



AND OTHEB 8KET0HI8 



133 



A NOTABLE MILE HEATS BACE, THBEE IN FIVE. 



"Bemember that disastrous oonpf " "Well, I ahonld 
hpad. Old heads oommojioed to shake and prophesy that 
old fellow, that day as hummers in a Muhner swamp in 
the month of June." Such was the exclamation of an 
old-time turf friend when talking over the great nule heat 
race, three in five, that took place at Hamilton many 
years ago. It was a Waterloo, and no mistake. Jack on 
the Green, Bay Jack and Bathowen were in it, but in the 
opinion of the knowing ones it was a Gordon Setter 
against a yeDow cur that Jack on the Green would land 
the trick. Archie Fisher was handling the favorite, and 
well I remember the confident manner in which Archie 
and his friends stood round the box over night in the 
Boyal Hotel and backed their fancy. Jack on the Green, 
«50; Bay Jack, $25 j Bathowen, $5, and the field $4, was 
about the average, and at these figures much money was 
pisjed. 

Next day a goodly crowd gatiiered at the course, for 
those were the days when the gentry of Hamilton came 
to the front, and speculated a Uttle in the pool-box them- 
selves. The betting of the preceding evening was c<m- 
tinued at about the same rate, and a heavy business was 
done. The first heat was a stubborn struggle from end to 
end, each horse in the race taking a turn at the favorite, 
but the latter managed to shake them off and landed the 
first instalment by a clear length. The apparent ease with 
which the favorite had won the heat made him a still 
hotter choice, and the backers of the stable, not content 
with what they already had on, plunged still heavier, evi- 
dently thinking they were finding it. In the second heat 
the favorite was weU away, and rounding the turn got 
clear of his company, looking at that stage as if he easUy 
had the foot of the party, but turning into the back 



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11^*? ^"l ^^, ""''•^ "P '»"<' ««''« the leader a head 
and head struggle to the three-quarter pole. He*e fte 
London crack feu back, and Bathowen, cozning ^th . 
rwh gave the favorite no let np. Down the home .Twtoh 
the pace wa. hot. whip, were cracking and a thoS 

nVii, .' ^."'f^*'" •»»■ h«n'" sounded from hundred, 
of throat.. At the old draw-gate.. Billy Flint. onX^ 

te L7™n/K"'T°°*^'' ""^"^ '^^ ««*« l^" hor.e'. head 
to the front, but Jack respond, to the call, and half way 

wei L ♦ " ?*r ^'^ '^^ ^"^- Once more Eafto 
w«. let. out a Imk. and a re.ponding efifort i. made W 

S! Iw"\^"*,** J'"'°« P'** ''« '«"' "«« kept at from 
tte .tert Witt a fre.h horse ready at every sta^ to tZ 
np the nmmnghad it. effect, and in the la.t <^o jumps 

t^tr, ■, heads commenced to shake and prophecy that 
tte favorite's bolt wa. .hot. but many other. loyall/stuS 
r.uZ 7' "^IT* *'*'" ^^^^ ^ ''t the rWinced 
lUZi^ 7.1 ''"'" °""*- '^•' t*^"! heat wa. almost 
a repehtion of the .econd. Bathowen made the runnj 

?a!f wLTlLt' "■*" ^'^ •^'"* *** *''* P««« '»' *he nerf 
naif when Bathowen again came up for the finish. The 

run home was another desperate struggle, whip and spni 
being free y used and Bathowen again gaining the verdSct 
by a scant head. Now a rush is madffor the bo^ ^d 
Mty voice, are .hou&ig in the de.perate attempt, to get 
^L ?^^T°' Bathowen," i. the reigning cry. ^ 
.oon the odd. are on him. $50 against «20 on the fleli 
Soon tte jockey, are momited for the third heat, backer, 
of Fisher's .table in the meantime being busy flgiiring up 
their books and counting how much they had saved from 
Eath'^'!^ '^^ ^^ °'^'"™ °^ ^^" mvestment. on 

i.i* ^'/^P »' *he flag the latter jumped off with the 
lead. Jack on tte Green laying at hi. .ide. Thi. portion 
w^ unchanged to the three-quarter pole, the two leaders 
b«ng fully four open lengths ahead of Bay Jack. At this 
stage It looked a. if the old struggle wa. to be renewed 



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bei 7e«n the paat and piosent favorite, but to the amaze- 
ment of eveiybody, no iooner were the leaders fairly 
■qnared for home than Bay Jack made hie nin, ooming 
np iLke a bullet Down the stretch they come, a trio 
linked head and head. Once more whip^and spw Tre 
brought into requisition anc all the arte practieed to gain 
♦T^ *^ » * d"w-gate« Bathowen has a head the best 

li^ ^^ "? '""° *•""" ^»y J""* »«»ke8 another 
«ffort, and the salvos of "Hip, hip, hurrah," pronounce 
ttat the rank outsider has caught the judge's eye first. 
Once more the pool-seller's voice is heard, and again an 
excited crowd throngs the stand. Those who started in 
on the first favorite, and afterwards played Bathowen 
for a saver, are clamorous for a chance to hedge again, 
and soon Bay Jack rules at $50 to $20 over the party! 
The fifth heat was a grand struggle between the latest 
fw "J^^f"** Bathowen, and I stiU incline to the beUef 
that If Phnt had shown a little more patience on Bath- 
owen he would have won the heat ; but he made his run too 

^1^^ ♦^'' ^"/' ^^^ *""'' "* ^^ draw-gate, was 
oaught by the Londoner and beaten out by half a length 
The sixth heat was an easy victory for Bay Jack, whose 
rest up m the first three heats now told hugely in his 
favor, and though a gallant effort was made by his com- 
pany the little bay stalUon shook them off and landed the 
richest harvest of the season for his backers. 



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OAKADUW TOT? «tOOUJIOn01« 



A NOTED OWNEB AND BBEEDEB OF 
THOBOUOHBBEDS. 



Wi,„ P,? ; Seagram, Pmident of the Ontario 
Jockey Club, and who for many yearg was the Parlla- 
mmtary reprewntative of North Waterloo in the Honse 
of CommonB i« one of the best known men in the Domin- 

'?'™r. ? '^ ^""' ""^ ^^°^ *«»» °"t ''■o'n hi" diBtillery 
at Waterloo, Ont., made his name familiar from the 
Atlantio to the Panflc, bnt he is eqnally well known as a 
tnrfman and breeder of thoronghbreds. He has won the 
Vneen • Hate ten fames, and ainix the uccesgion of Hia 
Majes^ Kwg Edward to the throne, h • na. landed the 
eoveted honor three fames. Some idea of the extent of 
tas fairf operations may be jndged from the fact that he 
fMeraHy has at his Waterloo breeding farm abont one 
bnadred head of thoronghbreds and his string in train- 
ing each spnng, before the weeding-ont process has been 
rtarte<^ generally mimbers abont forty head. All the - 
«» *\-!!.°° ! C"»a<«aii mnning turf have at different 
nmee been won by his horses, and many important events 
a^88 the border have also been credited to his colors. 
For over twenty years he has spent money lavishly im- 
portmg choice blood, both from England and the United 
States, and though, perhaps, the refairas were not always 
^«i^r *"""" reasonable expectaHons might look for, 
sniLsS^'"^ "^^ "'' '''*"'''°* "^ '° *''^ "^"^^ *» ««««re 
Outside of the racing reputation gained by his stable, 
^. Seagram's work as a breeder of thoronghbreds has 
been of mesfamable value to the country at large The 

hal'l ^''J!^''^ ""f "" *"* 5^*" "^ Ws surplus stock 
has scattered broadcast over Canada hundreds of well- 
bred animals within the past fifteen years, and these were 



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■old at priceB at which any farmer eonld afford to pur- 
chase. The brood mares which did not prodnce speed at 
the Waterloo stud were, of course, failures from a racing 
point of view, but their blood has greatly enriched the 
equine stock of Ontario especially, and scores of instances 
are on record where the produce of these mares by ordin- 
ary sires have secured the highest honors of the show 
ring. It is also a noteworthy fact that many horses sold 
by Mr. Seagram at these public sales have proved suc- 
cessful race horses, in many instances winning from 
high priced animals belonging to their former owner. It 
is quite natural for people to say that an owner would 
not likely sell the pick of his horses, but mig^t be expect- 
ed to weed them out and dispose only of those which he 
thought were of the least vahe as racing property. That 
argument is all very well in theory, but it does not work 
out in practice. Where a trainer has thirty-five or forty 
horses to work it is not possible for him to give the same 
attention to the working of each which he would do if 
his attention was directed to the management of a much 
smaller number. Hence, horses have been sold out of 
the Waterloo stable at low prices that have won scores of 
races both on the Canadian and American turf. It is 
scarcely necessary to add that Mr. Seagram's colors, the 
famous black and yellow, are highly popular with (he 
race-going pubHc. That portion of it who ba<* their 
fancy know they will have a run for their money and it 
is this public confidence that adds so much to their 
popularity. 

Mr. Seagram, as President of the Ontario Jockey Club, 
18 also an honorary member of the English Jockey Club, 
the most exclusive organization of its kind in the world, 
one which includes in its membership not only many of 
the most distinguished citizens of the Empire, but also a 
liberal number of the most notable men in Europe. 



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THE LATE WILLIAM HENDBIE. 



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"He was a man; take him for all is all, I shall not 
Look npon His Like Again." 

—Shakespeare. 

To my mind these BeooUeotions would scarcely be com- 
plete if I omitted mentioning the name of one who for 
so many years was a central flgnre on the Canadian nm 
ning tnrf J one who by his high example elevated the sport 
in the estimation of the people. 

It has been my sorrowful duty on many occasions to 
note the death of men prominent in politics, ir the pro- 
fessions, in mercantile, mannfactnring and social life, 
but I never experienced keener regret than on the ooca- 
sion of announcing the death of William Hendrie, in Jnly. 
1906. " 

He was a prominent contractor, and as the originator 
of the railway cartage business in Canada, displayed exe- 
entive ability of the highest order— simplifying and sys- 
tematizing what was before unsatisfactory and unsafe- 
supplementing it by a rapid, safe and economical delivery 
of railway freight to consignees. The originator and 
director of many extensive business enterprises, he was 
justly entitled to rank one of Canada's greatest captains 
of industry. 

Separate, however, from all his vast commercial un- 
dertakings, it is in a different capacity that he is better 
known to the Canadian people. As President of the 
Ontario Jockey Club and an honorary member of the 
English Jockey Club, he was par excellence our repre- 
sentative turfiman. No man in the history of the royal 
sport ever raced, whether on the heath at Newmarket, 
at historic Epsom Downs, or at Ascot, who was a more 
thorough sportsman. His love of the thoron^bred was 
next to his love for his family. No sordid considerations 



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of peouiiary gain ever entered into his calculations in 
ooanectian with his tnrf career. 

No happier honra of relaxation were passed by him 
tiian when wandering through the fields of his Valley 
FaiBi, watching the thoroughbreds, which, young and 
old, roamed its pastures. It may be that in the estima- 
tion of eminently practical-minded owners, who are in a 
big majority on the American turf, Mr. Uendrie's suc- 
oesses were not, from a doUar and cent view, proportion- 
ate to the outlay, but to one of his lofty ideals in all 
matters connected with racing, the question of profit 
never engaged his attention. Like all owners, he was 
fond of winning, but there never was an owner of race 
horses in any land who could lose with better grace or 
with more genuine warmth of feeling congratulate the 
owner who defeated him. ^ 

He never bet on his horses, not even the smallest sum. ^ 
To him the pleasure of winning was all-satisfying and 
that satisfaction was intensified tenfold if the winner was 
one of his own breeding. I remember a few years ago a 
young turfman, whose horse had just been defeated by 
Mr. Hendrie's, turning to him, and with considerable 
warmth of feeling declaring he was willing to run the race 
over again in one hour's time and wager him one thou- 
sand dollars that he could beat him. Mr. Hendrie's reply 
came both prompt and decisive, but in courteous tones, 
he informed the would-be bettor: "I hope I am a sports- 
man, not a gambler." It was short, sharp and to the 
point, and it thoroughly bespoke the character of the man 
who uttered it. ^ 

Another striking illustration of his high quality as a 
sportsman is furnished by the following incident. A few 
days after his horse, Martimas, had won the Futurity of 
1898, the greatest two-year-old event on the American 
turf, he devoted a large proportion of the money thus 
received to the construction of a wing to the Hamilton 
Hospital, which is now called Martimas Annex. A few 
days after his splendid colt had landed the great race, he 
also won the Flatbush Stakes, but was disqualified for an 



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OANATi N TTJBF BECOLIiEOTJOHS 



alleg«d foul. Aftt. ^ving their decision one of the etew- 
arda approached Mr. Hendrie and expressed regret that 
they felt forced, under the circumstances, to set back the 
horse of so genuine a sportsman. His reply was worthy 
of himself. Bowing to the steward in question, he oalmly 
replied: "The money lost is of no consideration what- 
ever. I am thoroughly satisfied, because my colt has 
proved himself the best." 

His personal appearance was worthy his splendid 
qualities. Standing over six feet, straight as an arrow, 
even up to his later years; his broad shoulders crowned 
by a head of magnificent proportions; a handsome face, 
full of character and one that responded with a sunny 
smile to any remark that pleased his fancy; clean of 
speech, and one of the pleasantest of compaiions. A 
man of great wealth, every dollar of which was gained 
by the force of his own genius, illustrated by indomitable 
energy and unswerving integrity; a self-made man in 
every sense of the word, but, thank God, not one of those 
who are always worshipping his maker— namely, himself. 

To those who have visited "Holmstead" it is scarcely 
necessary to speak of that princely hospitality which 
spread his fame ai host far and wide. No lord of the 
manor, castle, or baronial hall ever welcomed his guests 
with a greater charm of manner and beooming dignity 
than the deceased sportsman. His words of welcome be- 
tokened the warmth of his feelings and his departing 
guests, as they felt the firm grasp of his hand, knew their 
host would be delighted to see them again. 

The name of William Hendrie is now but a recollection 
but for long years to come it will remain green in the 
memory of those who had the honor of his acquaintance, 
and no matter how brilliant the future development of 
the Canadian turf may be, it will never count amongst 
its mlers or supporters a grander character than that of 
William Hendrie, the late President of the Ontario Jockey 
Ctab. A man of the loftiest character, of generous im- 
pulses, he was one of nature's truest noblauen. 



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He had a strong regard for all branches of legitimate 
sport, but he had an almost passionate love for the thor- 
oughbred and the sports of ttie turf. No honor was ever 
more worthily deserved than his selection as an honorary 
member of the English Jockey Club. Its members include 
some of the greatest and most historic names of the 
Empire. The following are a few of them: 

Arthur James, Col. W. Baird, Stewards. His Majesty 
King Edward TIL, H. B. H. Prince of Wales, H. E. H. 
Duke of Connaught, H. E. H. Prince Christian, His 
Majesty King of the Belgians, His Imperial Highness the 
Grand Duke Vladimir of Bnssia, His Highness the Khe- 
dive of Egypt, Duke of Devonshire, Viscount Donne, 
Earl of Dnnraven, Earl of Durham, Earl of Ellesmere, 
Vlsoonnt Falmouth, Captain Qreer, Sir -Frederick John- 
stone, Bart., Earl of Bosebery, Duke of Westminster, 
Duke of Portland, Duke of Bichmond and Gordon, Mar- 
quis of Zetland. 

Tet illustrious as is the record of names we have 
quoted, in conferring the honor of membership upon 
William Hendrie, they did honor to themselves, and had 
his life been spared to meet his fellow-members of the 
most exclusive organization in the world, he would have 
proved worthy company for the noblest sportsman among 
them. 



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OAHADUX TPBT BIOOUXOTIOVB 



A WELCOME ADDITION. 



The addition of inch a name as that of Sir Thoma* Q. 
Sh«i^e«i7, K.C.V.O., President of the Canadian 
Faciflo Railway, to the list of Canadian owners of thor- 
onghbreds is an event worthy of record in these pages. 
Men of great inflnenee and some of them bearing names 
of histono interest in Great Britain, are owners of racing 
stables, and the prestige of their social standing and influ- 
ence is a mighty factor in upholding the prosperity of the 
English torf. The King of England is the representative 
turfman of the Empire, and certainly his example has had 
an all-powerfnl influence for good in the management of 
turf affairs across the sea. The English Jockey Club is 
the most eichisive organization in Europe, and its roll of 
members, as alluded to elsewhere, includes the names of 
many men of world-wide reputation. 

Here in Canada, where the field is so limited, we doubly 
welcome the addition of one whose name is known and 
honored from one end of the Dominion to the other. " Sir 
Thomas Shaughnessy, by the force of his own genius, is 
to-day a central figure in the history of Canada and if his 
accomplishments in the next ten years are at all com- 
mensurate with his past performances, then indeed will 
he stand forth one of the most conspicuous figures in our 
national history. 

His debut as an owner was made at the Montreal 
Jockey Club meeting in 1908, and it is an open secret 
amongst his friends that his appearance as an owner was 
due to his desire to support the Club, of which his friend, 
Sir Montagu Allan, is President, and the fact that his 
colors have many times been first past the post is emi- 
nently satisfactpry to his admirers. It could not be 
expected that one, upon whose shoulders such great in- 
terests rest, could give his personal attention to a racing 



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Stable, but bis name as an owner npon a Club's racing 
programme is a powerful assistant in popularizing the 
running turf in tbis country. 

No feudal Baron in ye ancient days wielded more 
power than a modem railway magnate whose word, as 
in the case of the President of our great national high- 
way, is law to thousands of employees; a slight idea can 
therefore be formed of bis far-reaching influence which 
Mtends from the Atlantic to the Padflo ocean. Such a 
citizen is therefore a powerful addition to the Canadian 
list of owners, and that the success of bis colors may be 
equal to the popularity of their owner, will be the earnest 
wish of every lover of our national sport. 



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OAHADUX rvn MMOOUMlTIOSt 



A WELL-KNOWN AND POPULAB TUBFMAN. 



The name of Dr. Andrew Smith of this city appears 
frequently in these "Beoolleotions." He has for nearly 
half a century been a conspicnous flgcre in connection 
with tnrf affairs in this country. As an owner he was 
represented by many good horses, such flyers as War Cry, 
Inspiration, Helen Bennett, Lady D'Aroy, etc., etc., at 
different times wore his colors, and it is scarcely neces- 
sary to add that the latter were always a favorite with 
the race-going pnbUc. Not only as an owner, but alsn 
as a racing official, the Doctor has for many years been 
a central figure. As Chairman of the Executive Con- 
mittee of the Ontario Jockey Club, he has for many yea rs 
given both time and energy to the discharge of his dntes 
and his unselfish services have had much to do in build- 
ing up the present prosperity of our premier racing as so- 
dation. 

He was principal of the Ontario Veterinary College for 
over forty years, and enjoys a national reputation as a 
veterirarian. He is a member of the Boyal Collegj of 
Veterinary Surgeons, and his scientific attainments and 
clever management of the College, not only mads it 
known all over the American continent, but attracted to 
it students from every State in the United States, from 
every part of the Dominion of Canada; also from ding- 
land, Scotland and Ireland. 

He was Master of the Toronto Hunt Club from 1883 
to 1894, and during his occupancy of that position the 
Club increased both in numbers and prosperity. 

A noteworthy trip of Toronto turfmen was one ia 1870 
when Bobert Bond and Dr. Smith got together a party of 
twenty to go down to the Whitby races. The first named 
acted as whip of a rattling good four-in-hand, and n better 



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performer in that line never sat on a box. It was a pleas- 
ant party, every one of the company being personal 
friends of the kind able to enjoy themselves without go- 
ing to extremes. Favored by splendid weather, the drive 
down the Kingston Boad was thoroughly enjoyed and the 
coaoh drove up to the Bobson House with a splendid 
Jaoksonian rush that fairly startled the crowd of Whit- 
byites assembled to welcome the visitors. Of the twenty 
who made that trip, only five of us are alive. The balance 
have weighed in. Green be their memory. 

Though advanced in years the Doctor is a hale and 
hearty man. He still makes an annual journey to Eng- 
land, and while there attends a few of its great race 
meetings. No citizen of Toronto enjoys a more wide- 
spread popularity, and to quote the words of one who 
graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College more 
than twenty years ago, "He is a grand old man, whom 
everyone who knows delights to honor." 






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OAXADUK TVBF BECOIXIOTIONS 



SIB H. MONTAGU ALLAN, PRESIDENT, MONT- 
BEAL JOCKEY CLUB. 



The Montreal Jockey Clnb were fortunate in being able 
to induce Sir H. Montagu Allan to accept the Preeidenoy 
of their Club. His social standing, add.d to his personal 
popularity, had a great deal to do in establishing the 
Club in public favor. Although never prominent as an 
owner of race horses, he has occasionally owned a few 
good thoroughbreds and won races on the provincial tnrf. 
He also has to his credit several good cross country 
events, including the Hunt Cup in 1893. He lately pTir- 
ohased several fashionably-bred brood mares in foal to 
noted sires, thus setting a good example that other men 
of wealth in Quebec might follow with much advantage to 
the Province. He was Master of the Montreal Hunt 
Club for three years. He is a bold, fearless rider, though 
not a reckless one, and is to-day, when he can spare the 
time to indulge in the sport, a rider invariably in the 
first flight. He is Vice-President of the Allan Line of 
ocean steamers. President of the Merchants' Bank of 
Canada, and also of several extensive industrial institu- 
tions. He is also Honorary President of the Montreal 
Amateur Athletic Association, which is the most influ- 
ential organization of its kind in the Dominion. He is 
a staunch supporter of every branch of legitimate spori 
ffis name is familiar to every business man in Canada 
as that of one who has wielded a powerful influence in 
developing the trade and commerce of the Dominion. 

At Eavenseraig, his splendid estate in Montreal, he dis- 
penses a generous hospitality. 




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R. J. CHRKTIE, DIRECTOR ONTARIO JOCKEY CLUB. 



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DO YOU CABBY A BABBIT'S FOOT! 

J- fi. ""'!'"? '?"' '"' ''"*• »• » wlidly grounded Mief 
ill the mtod. of ten. of thon.«,d. of the dark-h^^on. 

th«n in al .ize., wme monnted in .ilyer, other, of the 

a r« Jr»K ^""^ ^°" Particnlar. of jn,t how powerful 
a eharm they are and the lack they bring to the weawT 

rcii'„f"';'i?r"'' "' ■" "^"^ Eth.*opiai.\rT^' 

once out jn Little Book, Arkanw., and get hi^i .tartod 

ThM old coon wa. particnlar in in.pni.,ing upon me what 
he pronounced "the important conrideratior- namelt 
You mu.t .tert on the hunt preci.ely at midni^t °'d the 
jnoon mu.t be at it. full. Your hunting ground mu«t b^ 

.L^« .15 '^"'u^ "^"°** •"»•* ««•'*«' "P th* torn J 
Y^^n?* k! "*!?* ?^ "' '« •*^« tke ohuroh edifei 
You mu.t be armed only with a .ingle-barreled .hot-g^ 

.^nWf ^ T") ^n^"^ ™* "^ » ^""k-knife from a ro^d 

tt™« J , °^'" *"" '*'*^''' y" »" cro.«ri8e over 
ae grave of a colored person who died at an age not lea. 
than three .core year, and ten. There you m^t rit S 
w«t patiently the appearance of a ja^ rabb" If^e 

yoJr niS f TTT °"* °''^"' ^- -.t conL 
thT W '^ ^ *" '1'"'° *^" ''*"*'■«" '" propitious, until 
fte hour amves when yon have .ocnred your game 
Once thi. ,. done you out off the four feet, then bu^he 
body at the nearest crcroad. You must taftto nXS^ 

mum on the return with your .poUs. ^ ^ 



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otMtaum Tvw uooLuonoa* 



Sn<^ wu tiM MnnuMW giT«n im Iqr Um wUU, wooly. 
bMdad ooon of Arkaaiaw, and lo thoronghlr groiuuM 
WM hU faith in tiiit potent ebarm tliat it wonld !»▼• bMo 
ornoltj of tha moat railnad oharaoter to hava mada tha 
alightaat effort to uproot the faith that waa in him. A 
friend of mine who acoompanied me on tha trip, beeama 
iiUMnJatad with faith in the yam, and tha following 
apring at the Woodbine raoei, anned with hie rsbUt'a 
foot, he prooeeded to make Bi lelectione. He made f oar 
beta on the opening day, five on the lecond day and did 
not oaah a iinj^e ticket. Mad aa a wet hen at the reanlt 
of his faith in the negro legend, he threw away bnnny'a 
pedal extremity. It waa picked np by one of his friends, 
who carelessly pnt it in his vest pooket, more for tha 
novelty of the article than for any faith in the charm it 
waa said to possess. The next day he made three bete 
ud won them aU. The following day he wagered four 
times and won each time. And the third day the original 
owner, regretting his hasty temper, waa around town 
hunting np the friend that had had snch marvellons Inok 
with the rabbit's foot 

Ite snooeeding history remains to be told, although I 
have heard it whiapered that a charming young society 
lady of Toronto afterwards carried it concealed in a 
place the whereabonte of which waa not likely to be known 
to any but her waiting maid. 



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JONATHAN SCOTT'S 400 TO 1 SHOT. 



Oii o.ty .boot three year. .go. Well, the end mu.t come 

/or nigh on to eigb^ years may expect that he i. coming 
»«ar to the end of hii career. Did I eay eighty yean in 
connection w,th old Jonathwif Well, it i« a hard mattw 
topaeM. He for years ha* been like a gnarled and with- 

^ *l "^•A''V •""' ''"•'•t'xxl ">e blaau of centnrie. 
MdwhoM knotted and rugged sorfaoe gave no indication 
of the earher years of the world's history in which it was 
a sapling. 

Jonathan was on the turf fifty years ago. Nearly 
foi^ years back I remember him in charge of the Halton 
•table, the property of Mr. James White. He was then a 
very lame man. It was a difficult task for him to move 

iZ^^ '"! " '*'*'^°' » °"^ »• •^•' wore shoe 
eather He raced east, west, north and south; had gal- 
lopers through the bushes on the half-mile tracks, nSd 
at Saratoga, Monmouth Park, old Jerome and on every 
race course in Canada from Quebec in the east to Wind- 
sor m the west, and Jonathan was no slouch in the busi- 
ness, either. He had a heap of horse sense; had not a 
iMy bone m his body; was up with the lark in the mom- 

SfnM w "T ''"}''^°' *° his employer's interests. 
He did what no Canadian trainer, either before or after 
him, has accomplished. He started Balbriggan at Sara- 
toga, against whom as good as 400 to 1 was on tap The 
day before the race he advised two or three other Cara- 
dian trainers who were talking with him, to have a o t 
on his mare Balbriggan, the property of Mr. O'Brien, o"f 
Montreal. They laughed at his pretentions, but the old 
man, solemn-visaged as an owl and earnest as a penitent 



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at the bench, declared that they must run the race, seven- 
eighths, in .28 or better to beat him, but though he was 
leading winners into the paddock when they were riding 
a cradle, they would have none of it. Balbriggan's vic- 
tory was a veritable bolt out of a clear sky. The horses 
engaged in the race were eleven in number, and included 
a lot that classed up to the best selling plater form, such 
as Sandown, who only had 103; La Joya, with the same 
weight; Figaro, 99; Torchbearer, 98; Mary 8., 98; Ken- 
tucky Lady, 98; Stonemason, 99; Skidaddle, 112; Leon- 
ardo, 94; Lehman, 100, and Balbriggan, 100. Mr. Pleisch- 
mann, the owner of Lehman, was very sweet on his 
horse's chances, and the whole stable connection had their 
coin down on him. His best race in Chicago was a mile 
and seventy yards in 1.45, with more weight up, and he 
also had many other fast performances to his credit, and 
his friends backed him as if the event were already won. 
The Seagram stable thought they tad a royal chance with 
Stonemason, and hundreds went into the ring on his 
chances. Figaro was another red-hot choice, and thou- 
sands of dollars were staked on him, but the despised 
Canuck mare, with an unfashionable jockey up, that half 
the people present had never heard of, simply outpaced 
the whole party and beat them on their merits. 

Now I will relate an interesting circumstance that 
occurred in connection with this race. Two friends and 
myself had strolled across the bridge from the public 
stand on to the balcony of the pretty little club house that 
had just been erected by President Walbann. We were 
seated at a table smoking a cigar and sipping a light B. 
and S. just before the race in question. Just in front of 
us at another table, were two ladies and a gentleman. 
The former were both good lookers and, judging by their 
conversation, were evidently enjoying their outing. A 
bottle of Pommery and three glasses proved they were no 
cold-water disciples and the conversation of the three 
clearly demonstrated that they knew very little about the 
racing game. Just then one of the commissioners passed 
around with the betting card. One of the ladies asked to 



AND OIHEB BKETCHKg 



156 



be allowed to see the names of the horses that were going 
to start in the next race. Glancing over the card she 
spoke out quite loud enough for us to hear. Turning to 
her companion she said: "Why, Julia, here is one we 
should have a bet on. It's name is Balbriggan. All the 
^rls know all about that useful article." The gentleman 
turned round and said: "Well, girls, do you want me to 
back Balbnggan, because if you do, here is my pile," 
drawing from his vest pocket three silver dollars. The 
adies urged him to bet. The commissioner, a shrewd 
ad, said: "Well, sir, there is only 100 to 1 on my card on 
that horse, but they teU me there is 400 and 500 to 1 
against that one in the ring. If you like I will go down 
and get the best odds I can." The parties assented, and 
the boy went away and brought back a ticket bearing on 
ite face the figures "$1,200 to *3." The mare in question 
belonged to Mr. O'Brien, a on of the late Senator 
UiJnen, then a prominent broker in Montreal, well 
known to myself and the two friends by my side, and I 
was well acquainted with the trainer, Jonathan Scott I 
however, had not met him the day before, or on race day! 
therefore had no opportunity of hearing his opinion of 
said mare; and we decided to remain there and witness 
the race without having any pecuniary interest in it 
After one or two false breaks the whole field got away 
It was a mixed-up race, first one and then another, until' 
they got well mto the stretch, when three or four ap- 
peared to us to be head and head fighting for the lead 
It was impossible from our position to note the horses 
piwsmg the stand until they came right opposite the 
judges stand, when, to our intense surprise, we saw the 
head of Balbnggan in front, and tiie judges' verdict was 
"won by a head." 

Neither of the ladies, nor their companion, had the 
slightest knowledge of who the winner was, and, himing 
around, I said to one of the ladies: "Excuse me for the 
hberty I take, but your knowledge of Balbriggan has 
proved a success." They were, of course, intensely aston- 
ished when I told them Balbriggan had won, and it waa 



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amusing to hear the two ladies at once commence to fte- 
nre np what the $1,200 wovdd do in the shape of si^ 
satins and gloves. The gentleman, however, chimed iil 
by sayuig: "This is a straight case of divide. I wiU keep 
the odd three dollars and we will whack np «400 apiece." 
Jnst then the boy reappeared and asked for the ticket to 
go down and cash. The gentleman decided to go down 
himself and asked ns, as a special favor, after being intro- 
duced to the ladies, to await his return. We did so, and 
whOT he came back his pooketbook was jnst $1,200 richer 
Over a glass of wine we wished them continued suc- 
cess m the guessing line, and that day started a friend- 
ship which after years have cemented. 



AND OTHBB 8KBT0BE8 



167 



JACK THE BABBEB SHAVES HIS BACKEBS. 

Talk about taming a shrewl Yon could easier curb 

orl^rr' °'-'' ^f'^ °' *•'«' P'""" *!"«• soothe that 
crotchety proymcial, Jack the Barber, if he felt in the 
humor for actmg mean. On the flat he was a respectable 
h!l^7!!^ T "' t ^"""P"' ^« "^^ '"'"J to «l»al when 

his nund to play loafer not all the whips or spurs used by 
jockeys could move him along. 

I have seen him when he was in decent humor, prick 
h.8 ears and clear a twenty-eight foot water jump as if 

7*!f ^^?^ °^ '*' """^ "K"" I '"'^« ««*" Wm Ing along 
and stumble over an insignificant sii-foot ditch. When 
yon had your money on him was his favorite time for 
playing mean but if yon didn't happen to back him for a 
single dollar, he was pretty certain to run as kind as a 
kitten. I remember once travelling to Ogdensburg in 
company with his then owner. Uncle Joe Grand. Jack 
had been entered in the hurdle race and steeplechase both, 
and though the company was formidable in quantity 
the quaUy of the baker's dozen of contestants was not of 
high grade. In fact, if Jack was in decent temper, it was 
quail on toast against cold porridge that he could land 
r!l ^- ,^ *"P'* partnership had been entered into 
^tween Uncle Joe of the first part and a well-known 
Jtmg street wme merchant who administered spiritual 
oonsolafaon of the second part, and a sporting journalist 
of the third part. Share and share alike in the expenses 
and an even divide on the winnings was the basis of the 
agreement. 

Arrived at the Bnrgh on the morning of the day of the 
race the three partners started to hunt up the horse 
which, under the charge of Brown, his trainer and rider 
had been shipped a few days earlier. After nearly a two 



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hours' search the stable was found, and in reply to en- 
quiries Jack was pronounced fine as a fiddle and in good 
tune. Animated by the report an attack was made upon 
the pool-box. As many as six horses were sold out as 
choices, the balance in the field. Jack's average quotation 
being about '"ur dollars. 

At this Tu all the tickets that were sold, about forty 
in number, were secured and mutual congratulations in- 
dulged in respecting the coup likely to eventuate in the 
afternoon. The race meeting was being held under the 
auspices of the Oswegatchie Agricultural Society and a 
large crowd of people were present. 

On the track, preparatory to the start, quite a little 
additional speculation was indulged in at aboiii the same 
odds, and as the horses faced the starter. Jack's actions 
were those of a well-mannered rape horse. The distance 
was two miles over eight hurdles, and at the drop of the 
flag Brown, according to orders, moved about his busi- 
ness, and before a quarter of a mile was run had a clear 
length the lead of the party. At the stand once around 
the half-mile tr..ek Jack was three lengths to the good, 
running under a strong pull. At the mile he was four 
lengths on the lead, and running past the judges' stand at 
the mile and a half he still kept his place and, bar acci- 
dent, it looked a brown stone front against a log shanty 
that the Barber would shave the party. As he moved to 
the turn on the last round Viley and N. P. made their run 
and Mr. Grand signalled to Brown to give tho horse his' 
head and send him along. No sooner was this done than 
Jack moved away from his company like a quarter horse 
and the issue showed a dead certainty, but Brown, either 
through carelessness or over an.xiety, touched him with 
the spur, when, quick as a flash, be swerved t» the fence 
and commenced a hammering match on the boards with 
his heels. 

So ended the coup, and the $1,400 of winnings that a 
minute before had been almost in the pocket, faded away 
like many other such fabrics of similar vision. 



AMD OTHEB SKET0HR8 



159 



The next day in the steeplechase an effort was made to 
ffet even, and with an expenditure of sixty dollars the 
chance was bought to win eight hundred. But the brute's 
temper was up and before he ran a quarter of a mile he 
commenced to show it, and coming to the water jump he 
sulked so badly that it was all Brown could do to keep 
lum St- n.ght. When he got him to the jump he neve? 
msed a foot to the bank that faced it, but wen^heX r 

T^r\ ^''!."f,/t'<'" was a chapter of mistakes and 

^^ .-y, ^^""^^'"^ '""^ ^^^ »'''«" w«»t half a mHe 
further than necessary. N. P., then well on the lead, 
through Blackbird's mistake, staked himself when ^ 
wng out from the field on to the track, and old Abbof«- 

i^in'^n"'" '^'*' ""^^ «PP'-«"ed in the pool-box at 
$1 m $30, came along, and making no mistakes, landed on 
the track about three lengths behind N. P., who, though 
badly mjnred, and bleeding profusely, was makii^g a gal- 

i^L- "'L^ ^'i" *''« '"«* '""''*"• Never waf a 
Cfu?.'* """'f '"' ■"• '"^""^ >'°"«' b"* tbe loss of 
h^ x^t w T"' *"'"' "^^ '"'" ^ dozen lengths from 
home Abbotsford got on even terms and beat him out fo" 
first honors. The winner's owner. Dr. Coleman, of Ot- 
ntmif » '"'/P"^ *at « bis confusion of mind he 

a .^ff ■ ?' ^'"- ''"^ " "'""«' *•»«* ^'^y to barest 
a great crop from a very trifle of seed. 



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CANADIAN lUBF BK0OLLI0TI0N8 



THE PBBACHEE AND JACK VANDAL. 

years ago in the grand stand at the Hamilton track irTn 
race won by Jack Vandal. A preacherTd str "2 toto 

friend an interested spectator of the races not farf^m 
T^rlj^l ^T^- ^ °°"y '«»°^ ^a" Btonting a dS 
the heat, and was particnlarly pressing npon the preach^ 
to have a shy at it. The offer was refused, howeve" 2h 
the declaration, "I'm not a betting ma^, sir I We 

V»J ,^ ^""'"^ *'°°'* ^° "'^ J'^"*-" At the quarter 
Kio'w' w'."* *a' ""■' """ ""' ^l^'-^' «"d 'till te 
^i • ? Tr ?*"'*"'■ ^' *«y «^n8 around the upper 
turn into the home stretch, the preacher, whose tallTrm 

f^rJ"^ t^'* li"? "*'* •»' " ^ -* neck-craning matcT 
noti,^ that Vandal was up even with the leader and^th 
^arkling eyes yelled to his friend, "John, tle^ up^ 
take hun up, take 25 to 10, take 20 to 10, take anyth^ 
yon can get, and by Jupiter I'll go yon halves." AtZf 
moment Vanda^ swept under the wire, wimier of the heat 
ll^J^fl I«»«t\and a roar of laughter or, the stani 
warned the preacher that the crowd had caug, t on to his 
lapse from morality. 




H. A. ALLAN, DIRICTOH MONTRKAL J0CK«Y I 



**o oTBu wnoaM 



m 



THE LATE JOHN HENDBIE. 



John Hendri., alway. oaUed Jack by hi. intimale 

I^^T^*!?* naderpimung above oritioiMn, • aS 

eyjttyinoh of hun and one weU worth lookingat 

W. S,!f° AMK '^ horseman, I never met one qnite 

pnme condition doBe on fonrteen atone, hi. Lt in the 
Mddk WM grace itself, and with hand, light a. a W^ 

abertiei with him. I mw him once at hi. venr !».*«, 
« -gly t«.pe«d . bmte a. ever wo« .Se. "^e ^L^ 

proved hnnwlf nmnanageable in the handTof halfa 
dozen who had owned him. He was bought for a .oi« on 

^^ o^t**"' *'""^' '-^ ^" -- °-- ^•'tS^ 

M,dT!llf «'*^*l*°'"'«?* *" •* P"**°* ''»««° he tried him, 
and I. haU never forget it It took a good deal of gene«t 
•Wp to get mto the saddle. Every trick known to Oe 
SrX^-'^ 'Tf " '"-"'^ *» "H* famiHaTtTtSj 
h^?^*!i*2.* ""^ "'"•'* of lying down and rolling ow 
he practised them^ Finally, the mounting wa. m^ 
faUy aocompKshed and the hor«, wa. given hk W 
H.S reply ^. to back up at hi. beet .p^ wtol ^i 
denly around, then reverrt himself, ne^foUo^l^ 

ride?c^r""f."v .*'^*"^« himselfi;ckw.rds. ffi. 
7t^: AA^" ^! ^^"^^ cucumber, swung himwlf dear 
of the saddle and made the fact known to his mount bf^ 
few hvely cuts that quickly brought him to hi. feei B^ 
fore the brute had time to practi« any more Wdrwr 
Hendne was in the saddle, and with whip andlZ 
started him into a gallop. There was no let-^ to Z 



1« OAITADU* TVM, MOOIMOTIOM 

thee were'tSraXTXr^r ST^TLi" "^ 
Art W nH!' " ■*"• P'"""™" *» •«« «■«« in the field 

W hI^J^^ ^°'"'' ""*'°«»* «»« following mem- 
6«™. Henry Godson (ex-collector of Inland B^mZ ' 

T w M if^; ^*"' "°^ <le«ea8ed, were W. Cooland. 

w snow that the Toronto Hunt Clnb in the dav. nf^Zl 

in addition to the civilians manv of tho n«~.,o « 
«oents then stationed at ToronT/se^d „ t«trrt'^' 
^.cnons amongst them were Col. Jennings, C k«.«" 

Si p1*"^' ^"^^ ^^''•'"^ Lieut. SpilW,X7' 
wards Colonel of the famons Thirteenth Hnwf™ Sd 
»n«ny others whose names I have forgotten 



AW) OTBKK (KITOHW 



M 



A TrfUE SPORTSMAN BVEBT INCH OP HIM. 
«<!oyi, or, nfle m hand, on a it II hunt, or oaitin> th. Z 

and as a Inrfnuu, hi. career waa above reproach. Hewaa 
an all-round sportaman of the highest t^^d hifLTS! 

thousand, who had the honor of hi. acqnJnS^r ^ 
1 pawed many a pleasant day dnrinTa sen*, of ^. 

•My old fnend was amonir the hanrlfnl nf »-«« _i 

departure of the British troop, and theXnt of Si 
, ^or'Tr'!** '""•"'•^ '•■'' American waf *' 

flafra^ 'I'i twenty-flve years the fate of C«u.di«,— 
' WK.A^ ""J «*eepleoha8ing trembled in the balM~ 

What between the then greater popularity of the^oX' 

^ZZ ItT *lr^'"'''^ horstl'S'tErS' 

riorofTetr^uSis ^d js^r^;r5 
rid-;^'s,rsr-r^i^^^^^ 

JSrftirb^r^ir^"'"""'"^-"^'-'"^ 



i 1« . proviso., whlj M h t. roklV.l'^K ■^•"'y '•" 
fln«lity,Mr««rd,flL.«!i„*'' •''^^ «> improving the 

. -t" ro?;re rt^:'- ^ °"^ *- '«i^ 

'or the enthnriara J^d"«^ ^ "'' ^ " »<>« »>•« 
who, dnring tte w^l! ?"" "" » '*» ixdividni, 

•how-yard, the it*t« „#-!»• "* "*°"« «nd in the 

<i«rk days, ''Boddy'- pSnll- ** ^"f?''*^'^ in tho«e 
loTer of d;»nt, o£n t^t '°'*^ ^^- ^ ""'o™*! 

hora-nan, J ^7o'g^''a'r^e""."r"r"^ ^-"^ 
nademongtrative no m.„ Lf* ' ■«l'-<»ntained and 
or was moreSlv enfC- •****\«'W«<1 « dose finialj 
«r.t paat tTe Slf """"'-tio when hi, choice llniehed ' 

««X'Sfthr;':,"r:irj.*'"-^»-^-^ 

the Q„een'. Plate fa 1873 Jn/'f""'**'' ''^'' ^'>^ 
to win the CanaZn c2c * *" '"* three-year-old 

twttraiS'1'^1""?^^^ -^^^ ^ 

oiated in the ownershin «L^ V *° *''*"" "^^S "'o- 

whole h^yV^^^^'^J::^^' " the starting poet a 
winners, some beiSg of eS™ ,°' '''^°'' P«''«' "°ted 
«.e noted grey marf ^57^^' Z'^^J^^"-^ *««> 
Lexington, held for two yeatTtt* fw!^ L? ""^ <" 
record of the A.eH«n U.^^ ^r^tZ^t^^',^ 



-^0 



-,i.)rte<l. 
.II- tho 

• or 



•nd N»w J«n^. ^ oi «• w^- stDd* of New York 
*»! if any aohCed mo« ?i. !!**' *" ""*• '' 

in^d. wiaeh Ji:rr.'drrrj' "- ^-^ -' 

•• a f«i or a fwoy, .iri^* Ii«1 '''t''!^* «»^ t^« U up 
of the.e cla„.. .^^reSS^:,^' i^t f'l*- ^»^ 
thirty year, ^^ ^^^ th«r«t!^^' '"'* "■ 0»t«rio 
1-tt.r «,rt, while tbetl^^rlt^Z ^i '' '"^' <" ««• 
•o^B^have ended the .port '^ '"" "^f- ''""Id \ 

daya ever were than th^we pa ' ^S*'"'* T" ""'"^^ 
toga, many jovial honrs bliT,^"!?' *°f *•« "* Sara- 
Charlea Seed's splendM «!?/ ^^ **" *''« ''erandah of 
to the raoe oon„e * tte'"f!'"* °° *« «'«»'« leading 
"Pairview... Stola^ent^K V' ,!L^ ^«'*«' »' 
there. The host himself 3 t^ll . !.*^^ ^•'«> *«« 
of his friends were good^^Jnd ' 'f^ ?"' "'"' '^y 
'--generallye.llS^rit?::;?:^- 






OASUOiX =CB» MOOLLMMONg 



M 

SSTTd I; <^T'"^' .""«'y "'oke np before mid- 
Mglit and It oertainly was pleasant on a moonludit i^t 
to look ont upon the splendidly kept gron^oftteSfS 
«2^ and the superb ehn-shad'ed'^^ven.e :^ !Si^ 

At one of these pleasant reunions a younger member 

^^^/ ™™''- ^»™^« "^ *« ^bje^t he stated 
J^I^t ''««»' "basket of '.&.. that he oo^d mn 

1 am, but make the distance fifty yards and I will take a 

mend Pnngle, and when the boaster ulraH %»!,«., *i. 
eve^ should be puUed off. tht i^::« ^^J^^ J^Tnt' 

to tte ground wleoted, and as there- was nrither a veUcte 

m me way. The fifty yaHs were duly measured- the 

mg. Both gentlemen promptly responded to my request 

1^ "r^ "" "" *^*^ "«"""«'« respo/seTmy 
W: "Gentlemen, are you ready!" I ^d, "Go!" 

way. The beaten one remarked: "By George I was not 
e^tmg to run up against a ghost by moon^t.^'^ 

was mdulged m on the same piazza over its consumption. 

those who knew him, a place of high honor. Kindly, 
gentle and genial a sportsman for sport's sake, he stood! 
without fear or favor, for fair play and square dealing^ 
ms influence was all for good and turfmen, in CamX 
and elsewhere, who knew and loved him, wiU ever keep 
nlrr""^ TT.'I^^ "^" ^ association with his 
^ 1 *? °'^ ^"^^ "^ y*"^* ''^'^ '"«' went to the 

J^aJn t?u^ ** "^^ *^ '<»• *« «*« of the 
money that could be made ont of it. 



Am> OIHU SXKOHM Xgg 

wmefame. adt mywlf the quertion: "Will old fri«ad« 
of mystenes » the great hereafter. Who can tellt 



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pleasant resort which his friends often vij^' "' ' 
in^l u "'<"<""«''bred stallion Thunder, by Lex 

^gton. a gray horse of great speed and endnr^oe wU^ 

^tl!L f r*^ "^^ '•^ *'•« »««* horsesKSg 
r°Ming long distances and winning many long drawn ont 
heat races, was brought to this ooimtry by the lateVJ^ 
^gan of Montreal, f„,n. whom Mr.^hedSn ptrct^ 
S«» "i«° sported Castaway, Sweetbread^ ^ete,, 
Rdg«t, and other mares. Just whfen he had dedd^to 

TXt^, T P«"»<J*«'t of the Toronto and Nipis- 

smg Bailway, and was killed on the return journey of ftt 
first passenger train that inaugurated the ojentog of ttat 
road He was one of the most popular men o7his da^ 
and at his residence on the comer of Spadina ™e td 
SUrii^^-"^^ " ^-^"»«^ u^surpl^^Ty' 
His nephew Mr. Hugh Paton, of Montreal, whose por 
toait appears in this book, is quito as stroi^gTlover oi 
tte horse as was his popular unele. In the e^riy Ws 
he won three Queen's Plates for the Province ^fQueSc 
and ma^ other events both on the turf and fleR toclud 
ing tte Montreal Hunt Cup in 1889. He is a Kreltof 
the Montreal Jockey Club, and it is the presence of such 
men as he on the Board of Management th^ has^ 
^eedily elevated the Club in populaf favo and eJsur^ 
for It a gratafymg success. Personally, he is one of the 
most genial citizens of the commercial metropoMs^ld 

a host as was his uncle thirty years ago. J'"P'"»' 




MMM OARBOTHIM. DimCTOR MONTRIAL JOCK.V CLU* 



AMD OnOB BKBIOBli 



178 



ANGUS SINCLAIB, A FOBMEB NOTED BRBBDEB 
OF TB0TTEB8. 



J^J « T!* ''°''°'" "^"^^ ^ Canada. Wli«n due 
«^Pd ,8 pajd to mating si™ and dam he ie not only a 

•^looker bntpo8Be8«es 8peed, a valuable qualifloatio^ 

infttho8e who have much driving to do. AverynTrkS 

Zir°^."'.i'^'' '^' *" •"»"« •«« taken pU in 
Canada jnthm the past twenty-flve years. Time was 

tor bnt the mtelhgent perseverance of a few men in 
Ontario aooomphshed wonders in improving the quality 
Conspicuous above all others in this respert standrthe 
Mme of Angus Sinclair who, when pr^rietor of th^ 
Boslyn Stock Farm, Chatham, was a o^trrL^re S 
«^on with the breeding of the light hamer^h'r^ 

His importation of the standard-bred sire, Wildbrino, 

f;lw\ r''""^' ^*'^"'«^ at that time iot only Z 

fw.^ ll°°r*" '^^ ^^ ^''^ "»''«"■ «^« brought to 
to, country. It required a good deal of nerve to pay 

^.1^*1,''!^ "^'^ ^'- ^•"•^"^ ^^ f<" him, because 

sHe o? t^T^J-" '^.'^' *'* "«* '^^ -BytiinHut 
side of that stram was looked upon with distrust The 
w>seacres, those who pretond to know it all, aJ«, d~! 

the possibJ^ty of .he horse receiving much public patron- 

^*L^?' ^°''*^""' *^ ''"*' "J^t^ken His owner 
a strong believer in the power of printers' ink, adveS 
him liberally, with the result thkt not only was an ex 
tended patronage secured, but a fine quality of mares was 
also at^cted to his court. The su^rior qujf J of Ws 
8^ ftoroughly Justified what had been written abou 
lum and at an early ag. his sons and daughters furnished 



W* OAKADU» mw MOOUaOHOWl 

S^-I 1"',°°"" P"^'"**^ Violet, ti^year^oM r^ 

wards added to lus raooen as a nniform sire of sd««1 
with native mares. What he oonld have aocompBs^Stf 

S^e™? i,°" «:'^,^*'°«''ter of Bed Wilkes he p^S 
Ganeral BriBo, 2.07%, and to a daughter of bJ^^ 

qnahty of his get have also secured for him high honor. 

floations. Agam, in transmitting speed he also imparted 
that stamina and endurance which stand the testS 

Mi^'::?r* ""^^^ " -""^ «>« wood thaJstiS. 

thflS^!,^' "T "*/'"*' ''"""StniBW^g themselves in 

bred sires ever brought to this country Tt wonM Iwi 
mteresting if one had the time to Sake thTnii^ 
sary enqmries, to figure out the actual cash vZe 
of h,s descendants. I do not mean by attactog W 
%nres to any of his produce, but by r^,rdi^g ttf pric« 
which were paid for the most noted ofhisl^. It i^^ 
such substantial tests as these that the trurvalue to a 
eoun^^ of welW>red stock is made evident yZZJ^ 
and two-year-olds by Wildbrino were eagerly bouJw S 
pnces ranging from $200 to $1,000. and ^sLral^'cJsS 
of ex^ptional merit even larger figures were offere^^ 

it dZ' f •°° "° ""•" ^^'^ " ^""-''"d one than 
advZ """"^ ' °'°"«"' ^"^' 't ^ "ot necessary to 

to wWh •* • '■; "' '""'' ''*°'*' •">* "'"» to the comitry 
m which It IS produced. Again, there is nothing of t^ 
lottery game about such breeding industry. Tnie a 
fanner may not secure exceptional speed, hZ if he^M 
pises a fair amount of common sense jud^L in ^TeS 
«(? Kood-looking, sound mares and breedSg th^^to a 



AHB OTUBB SXITOHM I75 

•tyliah well-bred sire havimr aot,^ h^ -.— 

woepbonal .peed will possew the neceaaary jSt m^ 
Se? command a highly renannerative^pK ^ 

W.^^«^*"7 ^T"^^ °P*° ^'- Sinolair'. time, thronrii 
anving pnrpoBes, never commanded a b«tt«, n^-. u 74 

increased, so that the modem jnirBemant is •• ~«»«„ i 
nry which can only be «niov«,1 wf! ^^*'y '"*- 

wealth. ^^"^ '•'^ **"« possessing ample 



17« 



ouuiADLur imv uoouAonon 



HOW BIX HOOKS BBFLBCTBD SEVEN. 



Te«, there were only gii metal bangers attached to a 
frame hanging aorosa the door which led from my 
frifod'a room to my own at the Clarendon Hotel, Sara- 
toga, bnt at the angle at which the door was open seyen 
were reflected on the wall. When I flret noticed the in- 
oreaaed namber I thonght I was mistaken, bnt a closer 
inapeotion proved otherwise. There were Imt six hooks 
on the frame, bnt there was an extra one in the reflection. 
My friend was anxions to know what was so closely 
attracting my attention, and on my explaining the 
phenomena he also scmtiniaed the apparition and was 
equally surprised. One glass of whiskey and soda oonld 
not be chargeable with the illusion, so mentally ooaclnd- 
ing it was a pnzzle which would demand the attention 
of a sdentiflo mind to solve, we dropped the matter. 

The next mgbt, sitting in the same position, the reflec- 
tion on the wall showed the same, and my friend sug- 
gested, merely out of curiosity, that I should look over 
the racing programme which had been run off that day 
and note if number seven had cut any figure in the re- 
sults. Here is exactly what it did : 

In the first race eight starters went to the post and 
number seven on the "card" proved the winner. In the 
second race nine two-year-olds faced the fiag, and again 
number seven landed the coin. In the third event there 
were but five starters, so that to reach seven it was 
necessary to count the nominations from number one ta 
five and then recount from number one a second time. 
This made number two on the "card" figure out seventh 
and he also came home first. In the fourth race there 
was a big field, and again number seven was the first to 
catch the judge's eye. In the fifth race, which was the 
last, number seven finished second, but as the odds 



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177 



against him for the plaoe were three to one, the invest- 
ment, if he was backed both ways, wonid have proved a 
profitable one. 

Figoring it ont at the time proved that a flve-dollar 
bill invested to win and for place on the winner of each 
race at the odds obtainable, parleyed through the card, 
would have won a trifle over ten thousand dollars. Of 
coarse such revelations as these are never forthcoming 
until after the events have transpired. If they were, 
millionaires would be as plentiful as skeeters in Temis- 
caming in the fishing season. 



m 



OAMtBUM Tuw tmoouMamn 



A DAT OF 8B5NSATIONAL LUCK. 



Ton can call it blind Inok or any other name yon prefer, 
I am not troubling myMlf abont what wonld be the most 
■njtable term to appty to it; I am dmply relating a oir- 
onmatanoe that ooonrred a few yean ago at the Saratoga 
race meeting, and ai the facta of the caae came onder my 
peraonal observation, I oan vonoh for the tmthfnlneM 
of the itory. 

A» I was leaving my hotel on the day in qnestion to 
drive to the track, the manager introdaced to me a gen- 
tleman whom I had previonily noticed was a gaest at the 
hotel. I had been keeping a carriage waiting for ten 
minutes at the door to accommodate a friend, also a 
guest, who was going out with me, but at the last mo- 
ment had changed his mind, and as there were but a few 
minutes in which to reach the course before the racing 
commenced, I was making all possible haste to get away. 
The gentleman in qnestion was also anxious to get to the 
traA, and I was asked if I wonld be willing for him to 
drive out with me. Satisfied to have his company, the 
necessary permission was given. 

On the way out he told me that this was his last day 
at the Springs. He had spent a pleasant two weeks' 
holiday, but frankly confessed that he had not been a 
success in guessing the ponies. He said he had brought 
$400 with him for his expensos and of this he had a ten- 
dollar bill left with which to make a final plunge. He 
had provided himself with a retura utket, paid for his 
reservation in the Pullman and an additional $5 for 
provisions on the road. This was securely packed away 
in his valise, and he proposed investing the remaining 
$10 on the longest shot on the board in the first race. 
Mentally, I concluded that he would likely be wiped out 
in short order, but as it is never safe, in such cases, to 



urn oimn 



119 



giTt •drio*^ I r*(rain«d from doing mor* than mjhm 
th* hop* tlwt 1m wonld giMM Qma ui^t 

Tni* to Ui word, h mmb u wo aniTtd at tho tnek 
U walkod away to tho nearwt bookmakor and I, not bo- 
ing intwroatod in the race, wont np on tho grand itand. 
Immodiatoly aftor tho raoo was mn I walkod over to tta 
hotting rin^ and thero fonnd mj newly-mado aoqnaint- 
anoo atanding in tho pay lino, and a* I walked down that 
way ho bookoned to mo and ahowed me hia tiokot, wUoh 
oallodforlZia Ho had baoked a 20 to 1 shot and landed. 
Oongratnlating him on hii good fortune I left and aaw no 
more of Um until after the flniah of the iooond raoo, 
when I notioed him again atanding in line, waiting to 
oaih another ticket. He speedily joined me, ihowing a 
roll of 11,000 which he bad juat drawn. Hia eeooad in- 
▼iotment had been $200 on a 4 to 1 ahoi Thinking that 
he wonld bo more than satiaiied, I ai ked him if ho had 
made np hia mind to give them a rest. He replied: "No, 
I feel thii is my Inoky day and I am going to plav the 
handout" 

Wishing him good Inok, I joined a party of f rienda and 
saw no more of him until after the finish of the last raoo. 
He then oame over and insisted that I should join him 
in a drive back to the hotel This I did, and, inviting me 
to his room, he unloaded his wealth, and there in good 
bank notes was $6,786. Certainly, it was a oaae of por- 
aistent good luok, and he was wise enough to leave for 
home that night with his treasure. 

The following year, while standing in the rotunda of 
the Orand Union Hotel at Saratoga, I met him again. 
He then introduoed me to his wife, a charming little lady 
to whom he had been married about three months. He 
also informed me that on his return to Boston he had 
invested the money so rapidly gained in purchasing a 
gents' furnishing store which was turning out a profit- 
able investment, but, with a look of pride and satisfae- 
tion on hia face, he said his choicest investment of all 
was the little lady to whom he had just introduced me. 
On my expressing the hope that he was now satisfied to 



mxoam HnuinaN tm ou 

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OAITABUlf HJBF BEOOLLSOnoWS 



180 

— - — — o wuua vxiUM B 

otZfir""^ "'T "'"' °°* "S"^ t^ "-other plnage 
than »5, aad I have not made more than one bet^Sh 
pt.^r'^r '-° ••«- I ••- -o desire toflgt* L"' 

The case was one that rarely haDoena Tro~> _ 
man destitute of any Wled/e rtSng^rql^t: 

every race on the card, six in number, he staked hi. 
laon^yandwon. It was simply a case o blUlJS.;Jd 
^oh rarely happens to any man, least of all to the ,2 
who wMts good f ortnne as badly as he did on the mC 
orable day in question. ™*™' 




OOLIN CAMP..LU D.MCTOR MONTR.AL JOCK.V CLU.. 



ABO OTHIB SKETCHES 



18S 



CANADA'S VETERAN TBAINEB, CHABLE8 
BOYLE. 



There are many popular trainers of thoroughbred 
horses m Canada, but I may, with certainty of not offend- 
mg any one of them, designate Charles Boyle, of The 
Firs, Woodstock, dean of the craft. It is close on forty 
years ago that I first made his acquaintance. He was 
Uien, as now, all horse, and nobody, even in those earUer 
days, could talk more interestingly on the subject than 
he. I well remember one May morning in 1870. I, along 
^th a party of friends, was swinging around the circle 
of stables at "Whitby, looking over the horses that were 
entered m the races under the auspices of the local turf 
club— the only stable accommodation in those days be- 
mg at the various hotels. It was in the yard of the Eoyal 
that I met the subject of these remarks, and at the time 
of my visit he was busy at work on a roan horse called 
Bapid Boan, which he had entered in the Queen's Plate 
•to be run on the foUowing day. He started, but in the 
opinion of his trainer his lot in life was not that of 
bMnng a silken jacket and, changing his name to 
Bapid Buin," he speedily disposed of him, and the last 
I heard of the roan was that he was doing duty between 
the shafts of a buggy in a livery stable at Orangeville. 

It is not necessary for me to enumerate aU the horses 
Charles Boyle has handled. To do so would be to fill 
many pages. It will be sufficient to mention some of 
tte noted ones that he brought to the post. Among 
ttose of the earlier days were such good performers os 
Vespucions, Judge DureU and Musketeer, and a mare 
fliat gained him a good deal of credit at the time was 
Inspiration. She was brought over from the States and 
came here with a reputation of being a fair sprinter, 
but under his clever handling she proved able to go nil 



184 OANADUlr TDBF BB00IXB0TI0N8 

teS S •"'"""•^^ ''•'° --^ -^ stakes „„ the 

£r^rs:s^-^snJ^-,He 

aTllI duJn^ IJ'*"'"" ""*• H« "'•"^ successfully 
at all distances, aad won in first-class company both at 
the big meetings in the east as well as the west He h«, 
«nce done eminent service as the prem^ersite a' Mr 
Seagram s Waterloo establishment. InfemoTe Sst^t 

After the dissolution of the partnership between 

a/aTud :£rtf '''ir^''' ^"^ '»™" returned to c™ 
ada, and shortly afterwards took the position of heTd 

^rf„;t^T ."°'r ''*"' *° 'l'* ^'°=t i" "-any im^ 
portant stakes^not only in Canada but also south of the 
border "me Were I to enumerate all the good ra^ he 
has won with horses of his training, I C^d o^c^J' 
many page« of this book. Suffice it to say that he r^ks 
m the front row of Canadian trainers. Few men poss^« 
greater abiUty. He has a wonderful knack oTpreS 

relv tL ." ^P^'-'/ffort ""J. bar accidentf you ^ 
rely that when race day comes aromid, his represent 
tave will be in the very pink of condition Briefly stated 
he IS one of the few trainers who can get a hZe reS 
almost to the hour he is wanted. » "orse ready 

Outside of his ability as a trainer of thoroughbreds 
he IS one of the pleasantest men you could possiwrdeSe 



Ann OTHU lUIOBH 185 

iie M a most entertaiaing companion. """""y. 

. num^f ^"^ "^T**^ ^ y*"" •»* « « J»J«» and li«ttty 
Cn" aThe Zt'';i"'°''°" "" "" """^ »^ 

wifCof": ;:.fo,s.v*-" '^- °' *"" «•« -"- 



IM 



MWADUK TtTM aBooUiianoira 



CANADIAN 0WNEB8 AND THEIB COLOBa 



The foUowing is a record of the principal owneri of 
Ouadmn racmg .table.. The li.t i. not a long one/bnt 
it include, the name, of owner, whow color, have won 
many important .take eyents at American a. weU u 
Canadian race meeting.. Not only at the principal east- 
ern meeting., bnt al«> in the west and a. far .onth aa 
New Orlean., Canadian-bred horw. have .cored notable 
victone.. 

JoMph E. Seagram, Preaident of the Ontario Jockey 
Club, own. more thoroughbred, than any other man in 
tti. oomtry, and hi. victories during the paot twenly 
TMr., both at home and abroad, would take many pagM 
of thi. book to chronicle. '^ *^ 

The late Mr. William Hendrie wa. al.o a notable fljr- 
xm on tte turf, both here and .onth of the border Hm. 
Two of lu. wn., Lient..Col. Hon. J. S. Hendrie, a mem- 
ber of the Ontario Government, and Mr. George M. 
^J^^ 0' W«^d«,r, with a large .tring of hor.e8, are 
irorthity upholding the reputation of the VaUey Farm 

Bobert Davies, Squire of Thomdiffe, a magnificent 
estate of about one thousand acres, just outside the city 
^to, 18 also another prominent figure as a breeder of 
thoroughbred.. Hi. color, are often to the front and 
none are more popular with the racing pubUc, who know 
that the .table i. alway. .triving to win. Mr. Daviee 
has imported many thoroughbreds from England, and 
hi. premier sire to-day at Thomcliffe i. Orme Shore, by 

iTo,*^* ?."°* <"™ "' ^'y^K ^«> "^l^* ^^ sold for 
Wl87,600, the highe.t price on record for any horM) 
Three of the get of Orme Shore made their flrat appear- 

^^.VJ^f, *?■* "* ** *P™« ■"«««"« » 1909. and the 
raot that all fliree of them proved winners i. sub.tantial 



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187 



^ZZ.T ^"' "" ' O-^'ity- The name, of the trio 
we Shore Lark, three years; French Shore, three year^ 

Mr I W*^ ' • **** ^'"'"- '^"^ "^"«" «' '"• 'table U 
S »;™T'..* T °' *'"' P'^Pri"*"'- He i. one of 

^ ^' ^T* ''^""•""' """ «' »»■« hustling stamp. 
B«il«w ?^ ^ ^"'' ^" '^'"- ^- Sbaughneasy, Mr. 
Bar^^ett McLennan and Mr. Ogilvie are late additions to 

«^t ^ J^*""^"" *"^*'"' *''°"K»' 'o™ years ago th« 
ftnit named gentleman won the Province of Qnebeo 

the sport in the Province of Qnebeo and to mark ttrir 
appreaatjon of the efforts of the Montreal Jockey Cl^ 
whose splendid new track at Blue Bonnets is likely to 

STdo^To:' *" '""* ''"*""'^*^ '^' """•* p-p--- - 

The Hon. Adam Beck has for several years owned > 
few good thoroughbreds, and though his stlbleTa^ly 

owl!f^-'!,T'''^ "''^*'- '^'"' "»"« shrewdness that 
»^^T'^-'"'/J'"*"*' '"' horse show competitioB 
and which gamed for him many notable successes boOi 

li^^, ^^ ^'^^ ^^^ '^^ England, also gnM^ 
his turf selections and many times he has upset the cal- 

^1 w,."".*"-^"* ^ *^ '•""''«" performances of his 
f™T-ii^ J •* ^"^^^^ «"d eUewhere. Unhappily 
i^^!- ^J""!** '"*"' ""^""'^ hnmed in a railway oar 
AmZ""^"" '""° Woodbine. That rattling good horse 
Li? K*^.? T "^l °°* '"<* *« °*hers were M^orshot, a 

Sate ongw ^^' ^'^"^ " *°*^** '"' *« ^K'« 

l.i'^!^®''^!.'' '1'**!.°°* "** "^y horses now, but he 
h« owned a host of good ones daring his career as 
tamier and owner. The racing firm of Boyle & lattle- 
Fnfjsf ^"^ '^'^•? f."" •" ** ""*"* iniportant in the 
n^^fJ^' "^^^ *^.'^* "* ^- Boy'^ ha. been for 
nearly forty years familiar to race goers in thi. oomitiy 



188 



OAVADIAX imr BECOLLaOnOHl 



The lamented death of Nathaniel Dyment, of Barrie, 
removedone of onr most valned owners. His nephew, 
John Dyment, has a string of his own in training, and 
each season leads many winners into the paddock. 

The Kirkfield stable, though not for many years estab- 
lished, sprang into prominence very early in its history 
The Mackenzie Brothers, its owners, were lavish in their 
expenditure for good horses, with the result that many 
important races were speedily placed to their credit. 
The lamented death of Mr. Alex. Mackenzie it was feared 
might disrupt the stable, but a year later the oldjr 
brother, Mr. "Bod" Mackenzie, of Winnipeg, one of the 
best-known horsemen in the western country and one 
of the pluckiest buyers that ever visited a sales-ring, 
decided to re-enter the game, and is gradually getting 
together a string of high-class hcrses. 

Messrs. Carmthers & Phelan are well-known Cana- 
dian owners. The former gentleman was for several 
years a partner of the late Alex. Shields, and their stable 
turned out many winners. Mr. Phelan has also been a 
long time in the racing game, more particulariy in con- 
nection with the jumpers, and his horses also earned 
many winning brackets. 

Irving Wheatoroft purchased about one hundred 
thoroughbreds within the past year. A large number of 
these were sent to his island home, near Victoria, P.O. 
on which he has a splendidly equipped breeding 'farm! 
The remainder of his thoroughbred stock is located in 
Kentucky. He has a strong Stable and has been a formid- 
able competitor on the CaUfomia turf. The late adverse 
legislation, however, in that State has mined the racing 
game and has forced him to turn his attention to ttie 
eastern turf where in future, both in Canada and on the 
metropolitan circuit, he is likely to play a strong hand. 
J. W. Taylor, also of Victoria, raced many good horses 
at California meetings and scored many successes. His 
colors will be warmly welcomed when he comes east 

Oeorge W. Cook is another popular owner, but the last 
two or three years his big lumber interests have so ooca- 



A.D OTUEB SKETCHES 



189 



pi-^d bU time that he has somewhat curtailed his turf 
ope/Htions. 

.JP*''*"u" ^"'"j ""* '*""'«'' '" *»■« law, has n warm 
•pot in his heart for the thoroughbred, and notwithstand- 
tag the arduous claims of a great law -: ctice, be has 
purchased a select string and will prove a ,trong addi- 
tion to our list of owners. He is u > inner in everything 
be undertakes and bis racing venture is not likely to 
prove an exception to the rule. 

I am pleased to record the fact that Mr. Kenneth 
Dawes of Montreal, has lately joined t>,e list of owners. 
His father J. P. Dawes, was one of the best known and 
most popular owners of his day, both in this country 
and south of the border line. His horses were almost 
invincible m the steeplechase field, and his colors, red 
jacket and black cap, were for many years the most 
notable in cross-country racing on this side of the 
Atlantic. 

Mrs. L. A. Livingston is one of the latest additions to 

the ranks of Canadian owners. She has purchased a 

large estate near Cobourg, in Northumberland county. 

and has brought over the thoroughbreds previously kept 

, by her at Bancocas. 

Gorge A. Case, a prominent real estate broker, keeps a 
few horses in training, steeplecbasing being big favorite 
sport, and his colors are more often seen through the 
neld than on the flat. 
Hon. Adam Beck- 
Old gold, purple sleeves and cap. 
Sir H. Montagu Allan- 
Dark blue and primrose, yellow stripes. 
Bartlett McLennan— 

Dark blue, yellow cross sashes. 
Colin Campbell— 

White, cherry sleeves, cherry and white cap 
Joseph E. Seagram — 

Black, yellow sash. 
John Dyment — 

Orange, green sleeves and cap. 



100 



OAXAOUV lUlf UOOLLKmOm 



BobwtDaviw— 

Canary and black itripM, wUt* cap. 
Valley Farm SUble- 

Brows, yellow ilaerea and oap. 
Allan Case— 

Boyal blue, gray ileerea, bine oap. 
Kenneth Dawet— 

Cardinal, black cap. 
B. J. Mackenzie— 

Orange, while saih, orange and white cap. 
Oamithen ft Phelan— 

T • ^'^T '^^ ^^^ ■*"P^ criniwn ileevea and oap. 
Irving H. Wheatcroft- ^ 

Cream, burnt orange collar, onffi and cap. 

Cerige, orange ileeyei, white cap. 
Doane Brothen — 

Tan, pale blue aleevee and cap. 
A. E. Ogilvie— 

PurDle, red band on sleevea, red can. 
Charles Millar— • v 

Yellow, red cap. 
Mrs. L. A. Livingston — 

Blue, silver braid, black cap, silver taaseL 
Charles Boyle- 
Black jacket, bine cap. 
Sir Thomas G. Shanghnessy— 

Not registered. i 

Colonel Sewell— 

Not registered. 
Ambrose Wood — 

Not registered. 
J. W. Taylor— 

Not registered. 




p. PRAHR, klOV-TKIAI 



ONTARIO JOOKBV BUM. 



AKD oiBn mioHn 



198 



A CANADIAN BOOKMAKEB'S EXPEBIBNCE AT 
SABATOGA. 

A Montreal citizen who occasionally made a "book" 

tEr'z: 'sts^'hT" '""* "■• '"■*■- 



194 



OANIBIAW TtJBF MOOLLBOnOM 



HOI THE OTPSIES. 



Hi^'Jhf* '"""■?"'« SyP'^o" 1«^« invaded Canada in con- 
Biderable numbers and these restless, roaming spirits 
ttat rarely abide in towns or cities longer than f el^J 

l^ K T "' *•'"'' ""=*' ""'y •"> '°™<J. have in some 
rSeSer"^ ''°'''"'°'* '^^^'^ '»'«"- »«"*y 

„ir!!!°'J^' '"'i^.''* **'' '^'™*« ^ «»« latter line which 
o«mrred down Kmgston way a nnmber of years ago, 
which proves their ability to give even a Torkshireman a 
good many pomts and beat him. One day a string of 
gypsies' vans was on the road from Gananoqne to Kings- 
ton, when a wealthy resident of the latter place, who was 
driving eastward, was strongly attracted by the appear- 
Mce of a chestnut gelding with a star in forehead and 
two white heels, being led behind one of the vans Hav- 
ing pnced him, and received assurances that he was 
sound as a "bloomin' " sovereign and kind as a kitten, 
he had his own horse removed from the shafts of his dog 
cart and had a trial of the chestnut there and then 

The trial was quite satisfactory and as the price asked, 
$200, was not unreasonable, the horse was bought and aii 
o^er given his gypsy owner to call at the purchaser's 
office on his arrival at Kingston and collect his money. 
This was earned out and the horse delivered at the sta- 
ble of his new owner. The following day he was hooked 
up for a twelve-mile drive, but became so used up before 
he had completed the joum«y that his new owner com- 
menced to think his purchase was on the sick Ust. Be- 
tuniing to the stable with him, a vet. was called in, and 
It was soon made dear that the gypsies had worked off 
one of their specially prepared samples on the Kings- 
toman. He was touched in the wind, tender in the feet 



Ain> OIBEB 8KII0HX8 195 

and altogether such a patched np reUo of what had once 
been a good bick, that his new owner was glad to sell 
nun for sixty dollars. 

staling* ^^. °""'*^' '''*"' *« """•> gentleman was 
standmg m the market square of the Limestone City 

^hZ "Z"^*" ^"^^ "P « ^*"y handsome, bloodlike 
chestnut gelding, with not a white hair on him, hooked 
to a democrat wagon, in which he had a couple of baskets 
of butter to sell. The appearance of the horse attract^ 

his breeding, he was informed he was by Judge Durell 
out of a mare by Jack the Barber. The breeZg bei^g 
^ceptionally good and the looks of the geldini away 
above the average, an offer of $175 was made condi- 
tional upon the horse being a good driver, and as he 
showed good action when moving up and down the mar- 

„f ^°J!.w .* T'' "^^^^ ^«»d8 and the Kingstonian 

congratulated himself upon having at last secured a 

styhsh looking good driver at a small figure. Once the 

horse was put to steady driving he commenced to fail 

very smnlar to the gypsy's representative, and more than 

one remarked that he was getting more like the other 

• horse every day. Finally, his heels commenced to change 

color, and before a month had gone by it was evident 

hat previous white marks had been painted over both 

m his forehead and on his feet, until one day he stood 

revealed as the identical horse that the gypsies had sold 

the same owner months before and which, after buying 

an adept at playing the innocent farmer act, in selling 
the second time to the same party who had been so 
gnevously taken ,n and well cooked at the first attempt. 
A httle dye had removed the white marks and thus 
Changed his appearance to a casual observer 

Another very good horse „tory had its origin through 
a funny circumstance that happened in Toronto some 
years ago. A wealthy resident of Toronto, whose pride 
of lineage could not be any stronger if he boasted the 



196 CANADIAN tuw BBCOLLWmOM 

loot as If the oonntry held nothinir aood enonTh^tiT 
, i«.cujr unvers. iUe pnce asked for the nair dtftfin 

s^d whi'^Lri-™-^ ^ -' ''- «'«^ -^ 

The latter query evoked the answer that the twn «m 
^p. were owned by two haobnen of tMs dty Ld^at 
wl r ^/^""^ •^•"•^^ *« '"y *« otJ-er manTho^ it 

To^r t'd sr.mita;r *?^ 

L?^ r ""r " ^entle^rtSS ho^td'"^ 

purchase them at any pnce, and about two months later 

the pair were picked up by a New Vnrt k„^. T ■, 

$650 for them. '"'y*'" ''''o ?"'<* 

Now for tte sequel. About three months after dedin 

ror a pair of carnage horses, his friend told J,™ „* 
very stylish pair that he himself had leT,„X „? 

ant in the Toronto <^U::^Z,X:^J:r^^-;, 
fie was shown a pgir of lagniflcent bay eeldiii« ™-tk 

nage pair. The pnce asked was a stiffish one, $1,500, 



*»0 OTH»B SKETOBBB Jjy 

«s.r.s °.ris.^' s!^x :r".-"- 



198 



OAHABUH TOTF MOOLLBOTlOirB 



HE WAS ONE OF THE BIGHT 80BT. 



},IT n?'? "°"*' ^' """" ""'Si'*! in some yearg airo 
tat It ,nU be many a long year before he is foSnTv 
those who m the 70's used to be in hie compZ 1' £ 
vimons raoe meetings throughout the oounZ 

ev^^tertt S"J *' f f '^""^ *° ««* » '««^roken, and 

The first time our old friend's pecuHarity shone non 
.piously was up at Aurora. Major Peel In a^^X 
man farmer, had a cosy little box on his farm a Zw 
distance north of the village. On the opeuingTay ofS 
niaugnral meeting he gave a luncheon to a few friends S 
his house and foremost among the me^mSs ™. 

tune he told the story of his break, and with a fal t^lt 
for mournfuhiess would have made the f^Sn! Ta ^ 
fessional mute, declared he never expected^ watt ^ 
^Z^ r*^"* ""^^ '^'- ""•*<"■««• No amou^ of Z 

XaVSout' ^'^*^ '^ "' *« "-*«''-• '-"^ 
Finally Mrs. Peel proposed a stroll on the lawn and 
Munro was one of the first to respond to the iStS 
Jnmpmg from the table, entirely forgetfuT of Ms 
orutches, he escorted our hostess to the>rou„ds and 
was soon chatting away and walking as frTJ^m ia^^ 
ness as any one of the party, who, as a rear S, Zt 

would have for so soon discarding his sticks. 



IfW 



AMD OTHM 8HT0HM ^.,., 

Ms ability to IE ' T ™''' "ongratnlated him on 
Jack MI a»iZa /r' '"'«\™<J<J<«ly. «B if Bhot, poop 
dedarS Se paS^t"!" ""^''^ ^^ -« Btandin/and 
move anot. "r 8ter tT« nti!*" """ "^ '"''''' *»« «'°'<ta't 
j«np for the £e. SSu7c™T ?* "'".^ °" «"• 
a week thereafter d;ctaS?eiZ:^' "^V"' '^^ 
them. Onr old frienTt^ j °* navigate without 

of the tnrf ^Td Z readVTh. W^v ' "'°' *" ^''^ "P"'*" 
one of the old S w£ we e'-a^rS" to^^? 
wherever the meeting miirht be H«fcL t x )"'*"*• 
and none who knew hi^but forinfif- f.^""* **' '"'«"^'' 
man in the truest Te^ToAh'Tord .« \"°^^^^ 
that no man deserves. **""**' P"^"" '•««' 



200 



CAJTAnuir Tw ■looLuonosg 



BILEY GBANNAN TOOK A HAND W. 

weIl.Jmo\n, "Doo^ Strrc^„ '^'*'"' °^'"-' ''''«» the 
juet going to the poVtfor tZl f"*- ^'"' '"'"•"' ''«« 
"eye" to my comDanfn. i^ k^^' ""* "'«' •"> K-^e the 
nefs. He ^te^^ Ward Z th ""' •'"' " "«""" ""-- 

worth a good round si to fhe plnl TT*""^. ""^ 
given, because if mv ,no^ ^ ^ *" ^^°^ '* was 

either four or kie hTnd^ ^d :;7:bor4?';' ''^'^' 

'VeZers^L^ltrtrF--"^^^^^ 
-rged fo ba/arnttL'ThXrK"?^ 

alleged tha^ Te Su tla'^d S" w""" '"'"^^ »" 
jealousy. After a tim. tL V • '^^^ inspired by 

came oui. ""' *''" '""" '"wardness of the matter 

Street had Gallilee in a race one dav IT. 
mate 8 to 5 shot, but wert backTn 7h» Jit "' " '^«^*^- 
Then Grannan went outfr*.! JS ^ ''^""'« *° * *» 1- 
able Doctor. ° ^^^ P"^*^*"* *° ««« t^e redoubt- 

'' "What's the matter with your horse Sf,^*,.. 
ned Grannan. "He's 4 to /i„ there ',' ^" """'- 

easily. If wf prfce "*1 "^^ u'"^""** """^ «''°«W win 
Kotattheb .""^ *""' '""''^ ^°'»«''°''y »««t have 

The result of the conference was th.f a. 

-s ^^"r;.;- 1?~ -^r^n 




J. FIT20.RALD, MAN-DIR. MONTREAL 



JOCKEY CLUB 



*■* Oram ■UTosM 303 

•t«d.Sii ml. iT *^ '*■« '■*' •»•* <»«J"Jw to • 



OAKAHur nnb 



nooLLwrnon 



HOW A L0B8TBB 8T0P«g a OBAND TLOKK 

•fflci.1 pool w^r. rf th? T"" ''^'"*' °P"» " »»>• 
feel th«ir;.J! •. °* **""''7 """J. commenoinK to 

One of theee asgociation. was Decker P.rt m„-* i 
then wder the control of L. W ivTi. fJ ' "•'"''■•'•. 
of the Albion HbteT.^ i. '^'*"' "* P«>Pri«tor 

"A]bion"«tHr».^> M j*^ ' "■ "** *>*«• o' the 

wL 'oC.r^sreSaifs.s^r^t's^^^^^ 

hurry hiS'aS^;''"' "'"''^ '* "»'' """"y i^'PO.Bibirto 
41 Saint Mon'trn'?i°bft'?f *''" """ "" ^""'''^ 

reBtanr^ ?n 1 r^dwe W^h "" ^ °/ *"« "•^*" 



>«* 0' W. favorite dSh^H^'uf''''' •PP'«'i«tcd th« 

•nppar was only twenty mifn! r •"•"•^"'o hm* for 
"••ttwi. bat it wal ZL r!*' ' "*'"'«' '» to harry 
*«<rtor,.fttheUbleT.^t^^::;''''««'- S""" »»>« c^ 
ynt out that we had o„f atw"™""; """**»» »'' ••« 
foUowed him, oalline t^ j^ " I '""'"'"' '«"• I Portly 

lamp fr.a hi. hand. oZZ Z ^f ^ t*'°™' ^ *"ok the 
gave a awins and « flnT • "''^'hrnent room door 

»le time when we pul ed out fro.^Th '^'*.''""^ '""'«<J- 
Mver doubted for a moment th-*? "" """^ ''•' 

had gone forward to afron Sr toTw ''"' "" ^"'^- ' 
friend, and when the coirr „ \^ """'''* '^*'' » 
me that Page wa« not on the traT'T^''"'"*'' "« ♦'"•' 
"•i^ctnre. Pool-seJIing waMo Lrt «; .^^f ^"o « "ice 
day evening and there wL - u "* *'*''* ""'"''k Mon- 
Montml before loriratmlfr f?' ''■°' *° «aeh • 
if he failed to keen h!. *? ' **«""« «"tain that 

the iob to a -XtTtTaS\?r V?''' ^- 
ohanee there was of hia reachir,,, v • ''°°''°'=t<"' '^hat 
fore late Monday nirf, h! hTu ll-^""""'''''' ^n^ be- 
chance of his getLgttt o^EnJl? ""*" r ""^ 
ever, that when our train iITpk ^* "PP^a^d, how- 

through freight standijon the SS^' ^" ""' « 
n8,andif Pagewaseanal JV» *^ '"^''^y '" f"""" 

thought he mfght secTe" pl'JgeTnT"'^' "'* ™'"""'*- 

BloJnX*tr a;:r„''S£"^ 77 «^-- - -e 
appeal to the eondnetowotl.^ ^ """'•' " "t^''=« 
to delay matter. a^Hrt^fSrarrrwrf 



206 OAKABUH TtnW BIOOLLEOnOOT 

hard job to do it, bnt I flnaUy snooaedad «n<i tt ^ .^ 



^»» OTMB SKETOHBg 



207 



THE HOME OF THE ONTAEIO JOCKEY CLUB. 

strootnre worthy to rant J!. °> ™ "W-'ashioned 

ii-gB of a similar charSertlM"""' °* *''" """'«"* bnild- 
English race JurLs X , ."""^ °*''*"'''*'*«^ 
stand is a.d lackteg in Tde™ i""' '"T "'' «" *« 
drawbacks are more th«T . ?'*"'®™®"*«' ""y snoh 
lawn acconunoTtL" LTronUf^f'T^'^ ''' ^''^ "°"« 
<=nlt to equal, nrnch less sn^.. J"*^ '* ''""''^ •* <««- 
bnilding and iawns when croS *• "PP^""""* of the 
The steel stmctn^ on the^«^ °° "°P.°'*^* «"» ^'^T^- 
voted to the use of Kmbr Xrcll *'' '^ ' •^*- 
modem style of architecture it&'w.l'r'*' 
which are rented each meeting. f« I '"''' "^"s 

of this building. sixS fe?t fr^ ^T"^^^'' ^« ««* «><" 
of accommodating steS STdri' ^""^^ "^^ •«'P«'>le 
snperb view of the rlirindTs »f P'°'''*' '""''«''«'' « 
steeplechase is in p~ iL ''^- '*°^''**' ^i«" « 
elevation it would be difficutt tet^T" "^'^ *""» «^« 
in the world. *° *^"*' °" ^y race course 

On^Ho:':2risXll:L^^7,^'^ is I^e 
a bright day its snnlk Cte's ovTlVV'^' P°^'- 0» 
and steamers are constentr;r • ''^'? ""'""» ^««««ls 
nation to the scene The c.Wt^' '^^' "'« """^ '«^- 
of business streets and trShad^"°°*°' ^* "« '°i'«« 
west, while to the n^rth ^f „ ^ "7?"*'' "«« *<> ^e 
W an attractive bal^o^d rtt^pic^i °' ^""^"^ 

-rt^rSsllS^rr/oti"^^^^ -^ty- 
'or ■„„] |,„j^ a,„t„™'"'rr: •""'"•'hilon 



ao8 



OAKADUH TUBT aaCOLLIOTIOHS 



ing. Within the last three years the directors of the 
Ontario Jockey Clnh purchased additional property to 
the extent of 260 acres in Scarborough, overlooking Lake 
Ontario. The property is situated between the electric 
and Grand Tnmk railways and within eight miles of the 
City Hall of Toronto. It is an ideal site for the future 
home of the Ontario Jockey Club, where one may be 
assured the real old-fashioned comforts of Woodbine 
Park will not be missing but, in addition, will be found 
all the modem improvements which engineering skill and 
practical knowledge of an up-to-date race course will 
suggest. 

The illustrations published elsewhere portray more 
graphically than words the attractions of Woodbine and 
the great crowds that visit it. It ^rould be difiBcnlt to find 
in any country a more inspiring racing picture. Its May 
meeting is the recognized opening event of the outdoor 
social season, and in the opinion of those famiUar with 
all the leading race courses on the continent there is no 
place that makes quite such a brave display as that to be 
seen on the club house and lawn at Woodbine, especially 
on those days when the King's Plate and other important 
stake events are decided. 

W. P. Fraser, Secretary-Treasurer of the O. J. C, has 
grown with the development of his Club. He is to-day a 
thoroughly well posted racing official. Prompt and fear- 
less but thoroughly fair in his treatment of owners. He 
has for ten years filled his present position, and no more 
indefatigable worker was ever connected with a racing 
association. 



AND OTHaa SKBTOHBS 



209 



THE MONTBEAL JOCKEY CLUB. 

The possession of the newest an^ k».* » • 
in the Dominion of rL»7 • ?u ''«^'-«q'"PPed course 

citizens o™°rea, "^nt " 1"^^ ^"'^ "^ ^^' 
n^„r.^t ^ontreal, id those who have visited Rln» 

will stand cTlaSonJith"^ '"^*''*"' ^'"« bonnets 
"projected the plan was accomplished. 



210 



OANADUV TTn» BIOOLLacTIONB 



tave poMtaoM in the Montreal Jockey Club have given 
their special attention to the congtniotion and care of the 
course for the timber-toppers. The jumps are construct- 
ed stnctly according to regulation, both as to height and 
thidmess, and care has been exercised that the "take-off" 
and landing" places should be good, sand having been 
maed with the soil eIo that a horse may extend himself 
with safety. 

The club house is an imposing structure of two stories 
and an attic, a combination of the French and colonial 
styles, capable of accommodating about 1,500 persons 
It IS situated on an eminence and commands a splendid 
view of every part of the course. In fact, spectators, 
whether in the galleries or on the iawn, can see everj- 
movement of the horses during the races, whether on the 
Hat or 'cross country. 

The grand stand, with a seating capacity of 3,500, is 
built almost entirely of steel and concrete and it, too is 
on a knoll with a lawn for spectators, which affords per- 
fect facihties for viewing the sport. The refreshment 
rooms are beneath the stand and the telegraph offices are 
in a well beneath the stairway. 

The paddock is large and conveniently placed behind 
the club house so that ladies who wish to look the horses 
over before the races may do so with comfort. 

A feature of the course is the quarters for the officials, 
tramers and jockeys which are separated from the pad- 
dock, thus ensuring the privacy which is essential in the 
proper conduct of a race meeting. Only those who have 
buf /: ess there are admitted to this enclosure, or to the 
next colonial cottage, in which the offices are located. 

There are twenty stables, affording accommodation for 
610 horses, and an artesian well supplies water of the 
purest quality, which is piped throughout the property. 

The inaugural meet of the Club was opened June 4 
1907. 

Two meetings are held each year, one in June, the other 
in September, and it is pleasant to note the fact that 
western Canadian owners of race horses have been liberal 




W. NORTH.y, .,cy..TR,., MONTR.AL 



•lOCKKV CLUB. 



-^O 0TH1« 8MT0HM 213 

ae.. men ofXZnl * ? "" repreaentative bud- 

i« the head^f ttHi,*"^?^' " r*'"""' "Pntatioi.. He 

Presidents are Hon J F r^k°^ °' "if "«*^- The Vice- 
A. E. Ogilvie S^ ie abfv^n t^""- ^- «'««?« «"i 
Management by thffo, S Sf' ? *'" ^"""^ »' 
en., Colin Campbell Bart "« Mnr'"^?f*"' ^'""«'- 
Casm-ain Geo P w "a™ett McLennan, Hon. J. p. b 

Br.Se?^cL!rrHTv!!r' ^^ ^ ^-• 
0. Percy. ' " "' MaoDongall and Welton 

For many years fe t^l 2Z\^^A'' ^^ 
ican Jookev Olnh «t<h .i.-. siarter of the Amer- 

B-cing C2on.' £ ^oX^ '^- !^f "" =-<* 
experience, has been nf^„T* , *!' *""'**^ ""^ yews of 
The 8e,;,;C!?^;ai"* '^^^ ^ *« Montreal Clnb. 
qnaKfied for the dntiA. !*' .,• " ^°?^^y' " eminently 
oonrteons -d^aVb^llXSThT'/'' '^''- 
popnlar with the patrons ?f the Cl^ '''""^*^'^ 



214 



OAVADUlr IOT» 



•■OOLLlonOlW 



TOE WINDSOB BACING ASSOCIATION. 

^t^l^^llfS"^'^'^^-'' ? """^-t position. 
^ i. one of te S^rf" ^ ?"•'*'««> ^^ 
devoted exclneively toTetrIZ ^""1^*"" " ^" 
tion of a local jockey e^h „v t ^"^^ ''"* *'»« 'o™a- 

bred in that eeoti™ «^^ ,' "'*«'<J»<»d the thorongh- 

10^. pnbiicTt;: s^r ""^*^ '^ '^^^ «■« "po-^ 

President of wWch is MrT^^T ^*« '"""^J. the 
Secretary and llMaL? 'J^Tu ^•^*'"«' »" «»« 
thoronghly experiTncrra^^^!^' ?^ ^r^' '^^ 
partnership with his elder h^fl. r- ^'- ^^•^"O' i" 
Hendrie. of Hanu t ' J^^.?,*"' ,^''°^-^*»'- H""- J- S. 
ble. one of the m^t'^r^t^nZ^''^.'^'' '^- 
engraving published on «i!^rt Dominion. The 

the club house padd^ltir; '^"'^ " ^ >«'«• »' 
the Windsor fa^aT '^°""'^'' "» ""lection with 

8 Ji^W ^ri^ f«»<* *«'« are 124 acres. The 

There are splenSd wateJ^lr °°"i'° '"^ ""^ «"« Club, 
vices and altogetterlhe '' 2^^ T^ ''^"^ '^»''* <»>'- 
as one of the most JomnW^^- ^"^"^ *» ''« «'«8sed 
anywhere. ThrmeeS ! J v"l^ ''"^'' *° ''^ '<"»d 
face-going 1 abirorS„it "h^t^^P"'" -!* ««« 
jonmey from their City HaU kr^ ,M t"*^ "^"*««' 
track. Electric care mn^tolhij l\^ '*"* *« 
rapidly handled JerHay of tfe / '*'*' """^''^ «« 
racing. A little oveTone hi™^ «»mmer aud autumn 
now distributed annually i^^S «nr°'' •'°""" «"« 
plan adopted of paying thrmt^! '"''.P»"««' ""d the 
paying tne money won immediately the 



Aire OTHM SUTOBM ,« 

by the fanner, o?^S>e rr,; "di^* ''"'*"' " "PPreciated 
the bnsinew aen of wXr * '*""*'^ "" ''«" »" "y 
track. Electric cars ran to L * 
The owners ot7eZo^lT^' ""^ ^g crowds are 

which to hold an np-to dTf- p ^'i"""^" •'""dings in 
bnilding acco«„„Tatt:„t^S■K/^" ^ '"^**'^''«" 
and other live stock can^Tdvanfr ° f'"' °' ''»'''<» 
at the present time a^ood S "^T?'?^ ''«'''■ Even 
each year at Windsor.lt S toe'^f "^^Po^ed of 
dation which Messrs. HendriTL p '""'**' '""""^'>- 
reasonable conditions, be ^IH^ ♦ """" '""''<'' ""der 
not fail to be a notew^rttyTne^Li T^Y' *''"'' '*'"'» 
hve stock business at the !ity7twSdt7r ''"""'' "' *' 



316 



OAMuoAM Tvmr aiooixionoM 



THE HAMILTON JOCKEY CLUB. 



JHie boom m turf matteri in Canada hai been nowhere 
made more apparent than in the city of Hamilton. Bac- 
ing in that city was under a cloud for many year., but the 
CBtaWuhment of the Hamilton Jockey Club sLred a 
reeurrection of the sport and iU restoration Tp^Hc 
favor The present Club, under the Presidency of Sena- 
tor the Hon. Wm. Gibson, one of our representative rail- 
way contracto™, and a strong Board of Directors, has 

attended by large crowds, an average of eight hundred a 
X day gomg by special train from Toronto. Their stake* 
and purses are liberal and the number of horses that race 
there 18 only limited by tha stable accommodation pro- 
curable The property is about seventy-five acres in ex- 

^ A ^"Z-T *^ "*""' °" *•>« 8'<""'d8 and over one 
hundred additional in close proximity to the track. The 
latter is one mile and a sixteenth in circumference and 
past performances over its surface have proved it to be 
one of the fastest in Canada. There is also a turf course 
of one mile, bemg the only one in America, with the ex- 
ception of Sheepshead Bay. The steeplechase course is 
one of the beet to be found anywhere. 

Its President, Senator Gibson, has been engaged in 
many notable works, such as the enlargement of the 
Welland Canal, the new Victoria Bridge at Montreal, the 
masonry of both ends of the St. Clair Tunnel, as well as 
the masonry in connection with the construction of the 
most important bridges on the Grand Trunk Eailway 
system. He owns and operates two of the largest lime- 
stone quarries in Canada. He also holds many positions 
of honor and trust, amongst them being the Presidency 
of theBank of Hamilton, also of the Hamilton Gas Light 
Co., Director of the Canada Life Assurance Co., and is 



ATO oniaa ■nrom 217 

•iv« member!^ T- a . • **°® "' ">• "«>■* progrM- 

CInb are to be c«Z,^i„fcT^"**' '^'^ "" Hainilton 
Preeident. '*"'«""»l''t«<l on tmiring Um for their 

rider, in thi.'^oomt,!. y, fol w "' ?" ^^ ««»"•»»«» 
between the «•«. he'';.^^?^^ •*::''''''''""'''^^^ «"<' 
i»«r.«ood judgment and plenTof nervT rr8''°''r'- 
he !• popular both with hi. Clnh .«7!'i. " Secretary 
Md i. to be oongratnlated on th. t!f !'* *'"''"" P""'" 
been achieved bf the A«n2r '^'* ""*^" *''«« ba« 
in oiBoe. ^ Aeeociation emce he wa. inatalled 



' 



318 



OAmaUM ItmF ■MOLLlonoM 



A CANADIAN "OUEBILLA" YABN. 
Som* time ago wben travelliog in « railway o.rri.i» 

dark ,^~.!r r^ . . ^ ""'' •""• "noe »a ad over the 

veteran? ,tTonr°'' """^ ?*"*""" ""»"«?"*" <" other 
faehion wh. ♦? *^' ""P""" "'^'"•^ "^"y ^ • happy 

r.^"™^!. i'" "'•""'"' "^^'l^otione twined aronnd a. 
My old fnend ynton, known to hie intimateg a "B^: 
WB« one of the very earlieet enlisted "meriUaB" of 

«^Tv f* ^ themwlves, and many a good trip he 

Sffrield?^^^^"""'**'^''- Th«"'»'>^oon;^tion 
with fnend lanton was scored at Momit Forest a «^ 
m«.y year, ago. and mouldy though the stoJ^iittZ 
^ will be fresh as new paint to the present amy of yon^ 

The mght was one in August, close and sultry, and the 
bedroom wWch Bob had apportioned him beKf the 
slanhng roof order, was ahnost hot enough to sfe^ovs! 
ters so the occupant forthwith proceeded to eleSette 

to sleep, but to roll around on top of the clothes and 
wonder why on earth he had been idiot enough to accent 
«ch quarters when he could have had a soft mattreTS 
the back verandah where a cool air fanned to sleep two 

quarters. Soon after lying down he was disturbed by a 



flattering nois., «« of a bi»i «„• 

•Pri»«inK up h^ .truck .Kt'J'S* »"•"»'' "'• ^^ •»«« 

out looking object, like a «fmL T " ""■"' "•"•"ed 

in natnral hiatory wa. IZ.^^' ""* '^"'« "»" venwd 
W. room-mate aV"n.Tderi;l'^." '".""' •"".racteHf 
»/Wrd.hedetermi;'ed.o^ ;n/ :,"l*^ •""*' «'"J 
"more clowly .^ «,, moving ilr^:' 2"' T"^"* 
h«t, he started on a chevev ch«.« ^. .' '■•""« •■'» '«'» 
to«s a do«n time, a^d Ki^lV"" «"*' ^"""'ing U. 
off U. .bin,, he flnaUy co™«S!h ^° V"" *''" "' '"''k 
"d «hut it op i„ a draweT^ofl ^V^'^::''*"' ""»'" ''« h-t 

/rei-r - -- •'- wMoh^rctio*"^ 2 

.oS»isrL%2rmbo"^ "-' --^ 

w«. a rare good performer wh™. '/ f^"*' ""* **^«»» »"* 
«»«k«Dod him. and S/J^i '■*''''' "'''"°'f''°»»d 
•^Hled in catching a VeSnd^ "k''/"'"' '»°" '"' '>"<'- 
«aromed with his toe. oTr«r^ »''•" ""* "»«' •■« l«d 
dropped a few cn« wortH.^Jlf 't '° *•" ™<»» ""^ 
weary journey he traS (^ nTl Ju""" *° ""^ the 
"•"ght, he de^sitedhln the ^r * '''? "*'«''•" On<* 
and again to^ trbid tJ. "■ '^"' "" <«>"'panion 
«w->ened in a ei^il!?- J^ 'Tts '"'""'' '* ''" 
come as single visitors, butTL™! »PP««red not to 
ferent times did Bob cha Ltl T"^'"'^ *''^«° dif- 
around that room u^til t had fh.t """f ""'* "**««" 
the table drawer, to be dn^v fll^ I ".T*^"" 'P'""""^ in 
« the morning i,! evilt^rntS W " "" '"'«"^« 
the supply of bats seem^ t„ ™„ . '^°'"««- At last 
i» getting a few hours 'X" m °"k' '^*' ^« ''»=«'<^«d 
out of bed and cautionst^en^ 1'"/'*"'' '" ^"^P*^ 
his victims, but, great ScottI ttl "''" containing 

'?-d. He opene^hl d«w r^rfu^Tl" ""^ '» "e 
discovered it had no back" it BoiT^i f ^^''i """^ *«° 
two-thirds of the nighrMtchint tf ^^' '" '""^ "Pe"' 
flown out of the barof^h.^*^ ' "*'* ''^*' ^hi<* had 
Pnt it in the front ,2/' ** ^"''"' "'"'»' «» «»on as he 



CANAOUN TU8F BECOIXEOnONS 



AN OLD-TIME FOBTY-MILE TEOT. 



There is no getting over the fact that Canadians, as a 
people, are as fond of sport as their ancestors across the 
hernng pond. 

True, we have not a wealthy class that can afford to 
lavish Its tens of thousands a year in providing sport for 
the gratification of the public taste, but what our citizens 
lack in ducats is made up in enthusiasm and you can wit- 
ness as much enjoyment at a roadside race for a ten- 
dollar note as you would see on Epsom Downs when 
twenty thoroughbreds sweep past the winning post. 1 
have seen our country cousins shout themselves hoarse 
over a horse that couldn't run his mile in better than 
2.10, and I have heard the same fraternity yell like a 
Comanchee in honor of a plug that struggled through a 
heat in three minutes. Women will flirt and men will 
sport and bet their money on the bobtail, or some other 
kind, and all the straight-laced exhorters that ever cried 
themselves hoarse in pulpit or market-place cannot talk 
it out. Man has a certain amount of cussedness about 
him and when I meet a chap fond of rolling his eyes on 
the upstroke and crossing his hands in orthodox shape, I 
put him down as being "on the make." What his par- 
ticular little game may be I perhaps have to find out, but 
it is a thoroughbred against a poodle that he has some 
kind of a game in hand and is only lying low for a chance 
to "open out." Having thus spoken a few words of 
gospel truth, I jump back to my text refreshed by the 
digression. 

The old-time trotter is apt to be considered by modem 
turfites an old fogy that could not trot fast enough to keep 
himself warm. Yet the blood of these old stagers, judici- 
ously mated, has produced the present marvellous flyer, 
the measure of whose capabilities has not yet been mark- 
ed upon a blackboard; still, though, the old folks couldn't 



look *"" °™™ «««^WHES 221 

«iod sjort h, tte days J/i^', ''"/^^ *'' ''« ' «om« really 
over forty years my/e^and ~ * ^'^ ^ '"'' * ' "^^l 
a still older one and rSicfto w? '' ""'^'" ^''"' '<«'<^« 
past e:.periences and telHow th«t -,^:.-''" *^" '^'"""' "^ 
days. I met not lonl "Jo a! '^ ^-^ *'"''«^ '" t''* early 
about a forty-MilelroVthat tooHr' "'" 1^°''' ""« ^'' 
race course in the year 1847 ?hp„M"r r.**"" '^^ ^on 
time been di. outing as to whn.''?'"^' '''''' ^"••«°n>e 
ana when one chimed in „l\ T"^ """ "'^^"e^t '•"■■se, 
talk back about hfsand so it'Vrr"'' '"'°*''«' -""'-^ 
wanned up to the pitcl wheV-iPr °° """" **"« *''°''d 
other argument will fllftTe b^ """"^ *""'«" """^ "° 

^-^kZ,:^^''^^''''''^^''''' was the rage, and 

"young Ca„?d "Vffe'd t^Tet"! r' *'' ""*"'"* "^ 
his mare, The Queen InM k f '^'''^'''^ ''°"«" that 

horse. Jack on tKrCattrf.^:- "'"'"^^ ^""""'^ 
The Cottonites had b ood in th^ ""'' °^ ^"'^^ "•"««• 
result was a match for $2 OOn. IT' ''^'°' '"'<' »« 
the moment the match wiT.r!! *^/ "'»' *'''«'^- ^^^^ 
the partizans of ^ch ^rt emanV' M^"* ™° ^'^^ «°1 
straight along. Unfortite" Jof m/ 'b"o '"•""* "^''' 
three weeks before th.. «««„;!.; i.^ Komame, about 
herself, and her partv w^^ *"""' '^^ <i'"««" lamed 

it commenced lo rain 2 T 'f """^ ^"^ eventful one 
sprinkler going ?orthir<rs1,i^'^-*^.^'"^"^ "^^P* *»"« 
sequence the track on h^i'^n^'^^' '"'"«- ^s a con- 
an^^ it became nlssai o ^7?' ''*'°''' "^^^^ '" °'»'l 
keep away from the til> "^"'AMhe h" *"' ""^^'-^^ *" 
np for the start tho JZ7 , ''°"®^ were rung 

to uote the s^riCdTff erS th™ """^ "°* ^-' 

two performers. TbeZlrTZ aPPearanee of the 

lae mare wa.. a scant fift,en hands, of 



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CANADIAN TUBF BE00LM0TI0N8 



iiS'foofo'f Ihf'h""*"*' " "'"-'°'°'" «*«y«' -""d having 

On the other hand, Mr. Cotton's horse was S 
quarters ttoronghbred, stood sixteen hands ardani^l 

2 J !f « ^: "' " ^^^^'- ^^- B<»"«i"e drove Us ^2 
mare and Mr Tom Gillespie, of Hamilton, handledZ 
nbbons over Jack on the Green. Just prior to the start 

^/n^'"T '^'^' "» *"«" ^' «^ «500 with Mr PaS 
of Ogdensbnrg that the race would be trotted inS of 

gentleman's of a like amount found no takers. When the 

horse trailing in close company. Mile after mile was 
trotted in the same Indian-file, fashion, both drivers feTr 
ing to force the pace, each determined to stilkto the 
other For twenty miles there was no change of position 
but he previous soft footing had become tf^bljc;? up 

in«f T!. ^''* ""'^ *« ""t^'-^^ »' *e track was now 
ahnost as bad as nearer the rail 

fo?a°t!l*""'*^/"u"'"^ '^^^ ^"^'^ l«t »"t '^ ""k and 
fo a time opened quite a gap on the horse, but the latter 
settling into a long telling stride, again ranged up S 
once more the procession was kept^ing. As the;Tn 
tered upon the thirty-ninth mile not more ^£"^^0" 
lengths separating them, the excitement bubbled ovTr Zl 
both sides cheered their representatives most lustily As 

fortieth and last round, wheel and wheel, each driver 
exerting his utmost skill, and their horse trottinTto- 

'To L fl l^ ^appreciation of the great struggle. 

$50 on the horse." "Put up, my hearty, and I'll ^ 
you another twenty on the top of it, just^; love." *^ 

The shouting of the betting men was fast and furious 
each one outvieing the other in his efforts to "get on' ' 

It was a toss of a copper which would quit first. At the 
half-mile pole the horse made his effort and gained two 



ABB OTHM SKIT0HB8 

effort to re-oconpy tte „ri^ ™ "'f*^'' « '«* and gallant 
"eck for a bri/C%^„f l"'/"-:!- 1* was ne^Td 
«"al tale, and after the il "t 1'*°'^ *'«««»« told the 
race ever trotted in Cwada ^I '^''5^ '""« '««tai.ce 
the verdict by two hnSint^ °° *''? <*'«*» secured 
••dering the state of the tra^k ^ 5r""'«We time, oo«^ 
«5-ntes. The Don raS coSifnfj"* f""" '^'^ ^M 
0/ the past. Factories and work«^ ""^^ " '^ooUection 
the bnsy hwn of hnn>«r ind^If^^' "»* '*« «te and 
eohooffl^ ^^^^an^dnstry resonnds where the 
•^nHitnde, so that the^tom o? th ■ ' ^^^-^^^n" of the 
vied with the munnnrinl^f Jj"!;' "^y acclamations 
-ted waves broke ontfe nlii^j^t'or^ ''' '^'^'"^ 



ast 



OANABUK TUW BBOOLUOnONB 



ATBOTTING MATCH INMONTEEAL IN THE VO'S. 

ant evening was !w nt! • ".' '"'^ """"^ « P'^i^s- 

New Hampshire and »«Yo 1 ,, ^ ''* '""'^ *™°' 
question beprovT^atZl'^'T''^ °" «"« "«»"« 
panion. Hisritaess^raf ftaf 0/° ♦ ^^^fteining com- 

horses he had generally come^ont sTcond bit """^ 

One mght at the usual gathering of ho'Len in the 
Albion, a prominent Montrealer, while extolling th! 
quahty of a new purchase he had ktely madet "he we^t 
declared his willingness to make a Ltch aga kst L^ 
horse owned in Montreal, the stake to be «im or ♦C'^ 
«de and the distance, mile heats, twl°i^tJ 2^. "nSI? 
the local horsemen present appearing anxious to a^jl 




ANOU. .INCLAIR, TORONTO. 



AVO OTBEB BKETOBM ]g7 

the ohalleng», tte patent medicine vendor expressed hi. 
rewdent of Montreal he did not like to interfere H« 
dewred to take a hand in. He, however, npon being bo 

S^Sk'""'*" •*"«'"• •'^P''"""^ backed down*an1 
SrtW *^* *^T"^ *» P"" without expressing any 
fnrtier wish in the matter. A night or two later, most 

speed of their respective horses. This time it resulted 

b'a^Z™ \^ " ^^^ <*'" «''-««' -entionLg S 
Wack horse as his representative), the match to be trotted 

hlf^^ ""!?•?*'■ ^^"^ ^« "PPoi^ted stake- 
holder. Dunng the few days that intervened before the 

M^tri:? *" '^/'-•'r^.-any wagers were SN^: 
Montreal-owned horse being a strong favorite. The medi- 
cme man made one or two small bets on his horse, but 
d^d not appear at all anxious to put much money up on 
tte result. On the day before the race, when LaSe« 
Wed up at the hotels mostly frequented by L^emeJ 
much money was wagered. ' 

-«?i,*^f ^l "' ** "** " •"•« '^°'<' was in attendance 
and pool-sellmg on the result was brisk. The MonZ^ 

♦10 and $12 for the outsider. The latter was nersistentlv 
supported by a well-known (Juebecker, aid rcJhe Z' 
^ ' stranger to those present 

trealer showed up decidedly the best looker. He was a 
^t T'J" "^t P"'^"^ brush down the stelh 
showed considerable speed. In fact, so impressed were 

s^iJlJlr^J^ appear anxious to obtain the'^st of fte 
W «^1, V r?'"' '"'*"'P* both horses went away 
Si 1 "° *^''' ''"'"''^' *be local horse having the 
pole. There was no perceptible advantage gained by 



and though the latter ».. V J ""° *"" oPPonent, 

beaten to^ ire b"^S™,.° IT **" «"P '""^ ""• 
deal of cheeriS om the re^iltTh ^'"' "" » «°*^ 

that their favorite JouTdtil^h': 'rfcT °'''' "' ''' *° ^ 
the Seluorle not^Z^h'^^K''*'^ ^''««'«"' *!<» "^ 



AITD OTBia 



The 



iXITOMM 



easj 



229 



the stranger "** *^° "^ '""y °ne for 

"L. W. Decker, Albion Hotel, Montreal, 
broke all the boys here a month ago. We gave 
Montreal. Gnesg he has done it. ^ 



230 



OAlTADtt* TOM MCOLLIOTIOiri 



A CANADIAN FBEEBOOTEB. 

Tm. he wai a particnlarly .mart cngtomer wai Mr 
~T 2^. °"°^ ' horieman around Brantford will 
make affidavit to that effect without a mou" t" he.S 

him concealed under hie tongue, and when he wa. engawd 
« « nnpng tour it would take more than ttr" or*^ 

vaSlTf t f '"""'*' *"P^ "^'"^ t'^'oiKh Penninrl. 
JZf • Vv. ?..'!'.°°« ''"'■ '>™ " l'°"'e '^th a record low 
t7 f J''* *"'^«''" '^d. as it transpired ..^"^8,^ 
he started not only in the three-minute, fUty auu Sflve 
classes, but also took a hand in two oi three racVs at the 

Who stumbled across him in Venango Conntv P« hI 
cla«d^^l Smith Bussel. could'^ot'hrC"r;v'd 

arero';;i;^i''p^::,r' '" '"'^°"''«"" °' *•■•' «"- 

w" '°*'°^"'""* ^""o" «« Brother Wilkins, a travelling 
ooal preacher, whose habitation when he was not Iw,?/ 
mg around the drcle. was a few miles ba^Zm PiS" 
and havmg run across a Fair bill showing a priz^for 
road horses, why he just thought he had a pret^go^ 
smar kmd of a roadster, and as a local preacher's sal^^ 
wasn't a very hefty one, he just guessed he^ kt the oW 

luZ \\''"'^ "* *^ '^"'P'^y' -"•J -"aybe he'd have 
luck enough to get a lUtle bit of the prize money wMA 

Zd i,^ <=°»»'l?"We welcome. The purse was one h^ 
dred dollars, and his entry was as follows : "Joseph WUk 
-.JPrne Tree Hollow, b.g. Missionary, breeZg'S- 

When Mr. L— _, fe the character of Wilkins, of Pine 
Hollow, appeared on the track he was garbed in a U^t 
black coat, straight buttoned up from cK w°st S 
• very clerical looking black hat on his head Si£ 



*» oran auTOBM 231 

trifle out of his speed " "^ """^ ""*• " 

them everv >»<.» „* .k P™8oner went down, thankinjr 
-d no fellow ever loo^7moraw^ard 01,^"°""' 

S Se'lTnll tTsr/Slfi^^^ "r"^' ^'^ 
the seat and «««, :Z "P"Kht as if screwed to 

horse was a mighty good omT^^^^ the stranger's 
up. Before the «ttStWe wra bt J""' " '""'" 
ered, bnt still there did not ^Jj^' JtlvW^ ^"*- 
hot to back the outsider and TpoSs of^^'' ^'7 
bronghtanaverageof^S. Thi.irwLmnf tf: sS^ 



28S 



OAHAOUK TU«F ■WOU.ICTIONI 



as the otliorn. Half way down the itratch Wilkbi Iwd • 
l«ligth the b«Ht of it, he then let one of the reini drop out 
of bis hand and only Hucceeded in reclaiming it after hii 
hone bad made a bad break; he, however, managed to 
get him levelled again, and after what the ipe«Utor« 
termed a big lot of look, he won the heat by a neok. When 
the two chaps who had gathered in all the tickets on 
Missionary met the letter's owner that night they divided 
up eleven hundred dollars of spoils, and so the game went 
on right clown through the oil country, and when the bird 
had flown and the old heads commenced to investigate, 
they found that one of the cleverest operators that ever 
mounted a sulky had cooked their bacon for them in 
great shape. As a Meadville man said, he was a sHok 
enongh Canuck to shave a Connecticut Jew. 




THl LATl RODOV PRINOLE. 



*"» OIBBB SKITOHIS 



23S 



A NOTABLE BACE ON THE ICE. 

r.tte/STSr^anttt""'" Well, I should 
the most of th«^ l^ ^""^ ""'•'•' °»* ""d only that 

Do I remember particulars of the racet Ye= t h.™ 
the record clearlT' »t.n«.j 'oi-oi xes, i have 

nwty for want of somethint to do »nH ♦„ ' 

days and make a few doUa« .f^V """ "''"^ **■« 

eluded to gei L aZ„f ' r ^- ** '™* *^*' *"» <=»"- 

in his favor TTn» ».« v V^' foregone conclusion 

^^Zl '*^*>'- .Ho^ he happened to come this wav is woTi 
worth recording. The tumt,,,^ ^— « T ' ^®" 

had sold himto a wnoTJ^^W^^'" '^^° '''^'^ ^ 
agreemenfT.^* ^J? f. "«*«>it, and, according to 
«««>«nent, had to dehver him there by a obtain d.^ 



28« OAKADUlf TDM BKOOLLIOnONg 

They Shipped him Via the Great Western Bailroad, and, 
t^T% ^ .Snspension Bridge, hearing that entries 
for the Toronto ice races closed that night, they f ori^hwith 
telegraphed their entry and took the horse off the cars 
at Hanulton. In the meantime they telegraphed for one 
or two backers and prepared on their arrival in Toronto 
to play scoop game on the Canucks. 

Qnimby and Forbes were the pool-sellers, and Jim Car- 
son s saloon was their headquarters. The day previous 
to the race a tall, lank Connecticut man, who drawled five 
mmutes for every three minutes talking indulged in had 
a private interview with Carson and proposed that he 
should do the betting for the party. Carson, no way l(,th 
to stand m on a good thing, jumped at the chance and 
straightway a couple of thousand dollars were handed 
over for betting purposes. During the afternoon he got 
m a httle good work, and soon it was whispered around 
teat Bolly Lewis was a sure thing and that Carson had 
the straight tip. The knowing ones who just got the news 
also dipped in, and when the pool-box was opened at 
eight o'clock there was p big rush made to get on the 
favorite. The keen competition for first choice soon 
sent the odds ballooning and the call before nine o'clock 
was as follows : 

Bolly Lewis $40, Princess $25, Mazeppa $5, field $7 
At these figures Carson and his followers stood to the 
front and bought the choice, apparently satisfied with the 
chances, in fact, looking upon it as so much money 
picked up. Up to the hour of closing the box a large 
amoxmt of money was staked and again in the morning 
the boys returned to the charge and set the ball rolling in 
the same direction. The sport was advertised to com- 
mence at 2.30 p.m., and at that hour a crowd of people 
numbering some thousands, was gathered on the ice. The 
.45 trot was a fine struggle, and the victory of Douglas 
was only scored after one of the most gallant efforts ever 
witnessed in a race. Each horse finished under the whip 
and the verdict in eaoh heat only secured by a head. When 
the horses in the free-for-all were rung up an excited 



AND OTHBB 8KET0BI8 



237 



crowd was ranged on either side of the home stretch and 
many were the opinions expressed on the probabiuiy oJ 

55 the^r ''.'*"'1f * *'*' '""''' P"*y '" *e fir ?heat 
«m\ f *P"'"°'T^ "overtnre" there were one or two 

8t.ff L Hh''" .'■' °°* "'•' ^''"- To them he moS 
stiflf and did not appear able to extend himself; but with 

J^«t,H 'h ''^'''. '" *'^* ^''^y ''"^ "°«ble to form an 
unprejudiced opinion. 

After a few unsuccessful attempts to get away the 
word was given, with Mazeppa a half length on the lead 

stretch from the judges' stand Mazeppa went like a 
sTw)!""^^' "°^«%^\P'»«''«d th« quarterpole had fully 

doubt disturbed the minds of the BoUy Lewis backers, 
and even when at the half-mile flag the yellow gelding 
had a lead of twenty lengths, the opinion was that the 

Z"^^ '"'■lt\u'' !•"•' '"""•* '«'''"" '^"'- Bo"«C 
^l 1^' "^^ ,** "^"^^ ^*'*' ^P'*'"^ °°t i» loOian file 
Wm^f / ^tP'^y^-^ J°"<J'-<«>« "Peed, and as he squared 
^f ^°\'?°^« /towed still more daylight between 
h^self and his followers. Nearing the judges' stand his 
dnver and owner, the late Simon James, pulling him up 
walked him past the stand in time close to 2.30. The sec 
ond and third heats were a repetition of the first. Mazep- 
L" ^ Wond doubt a faster horse that day than he ever 
showed himself, either on former or after occasions. 

That day it would have taken a veritable ghost to beat 
him and so, no doubt, thought the eastern sharp 'uns who 
staked their pile on the American representative. Li the 
pool-room that night great was the jubilee with the field- 
ers, fifteen and twenty dollars had captured a pile, and 
sour were the faces of the foreigners who saw their 
shekels pass into the hands of those who were not likely 
to give them an opportunity to win them back again 



238 



OAHADUH TCBF BBOOLLlOTIOirS 



FOUE-MILE TBOTTING SPIN AT OWEN SOUND. 
Away back in the Ws there were not numy "gneril 

Ja^ed in nninbers they made np in quality. ^ 

aranoh railroads were then very scarnn ti,« n j 

^eCrl^l7t;rrLn^,%Tr^^^^^^^^ 
toe on wheels ui summer and runners in SS. ^^ 

SX £ """" r' *™* """"'f *« traveller :^ 
"» aay, out there are also many of the othor w-j „i.- i. 

I s^pose is not to be ^on^.^Tco^ZS'XX 
crowd there is; but in the days I am talldn/aCt « 

have been driven off the road in thirty days fourth, 
discovery of that meanness. ^ ** 

„ JJ"? *«, ""f*"""*". those back of the railway lines, 
used to hail the arrival of the "<raerilla" a7» k. 
break in the monotonous daily rou^Se 1«L ^^ 
ally came loaded with the la^Tories^^as Ja^JZ 
was an article then unknown amongst^i^t.^ ^3^ 
keepers they would gather of an evenifg ^^a "^aS^ 
either at one of the centrally located stores or i^ thS « 

inen one of the longest driving routes, and one of the 
Pleasantest as well, was from Guelph ;p to Etorf id 
Fergus, then north through Arthur, MouStPorerC 
Sw^ SouT/^T?"''^^ '^'"^ °^ ''^ centre rSo^to 

£tS^i f LZ\;rir-iea- 

the Coulson Brothers, the head of the firm being ^Chen 



Ain> 



0*HIB BKITCHU 



"uu. ae was a red-hot fnend and an eanallT r,^ k-* 

the dmner table, with J P ,Y. "^^f ^ey were. At 
gray Tlt'^ t^'l k""'"' °°' """^"^ "'«'"* *•"«* Aea-bitten 



**0 CANADUW TUHT BECOLLKJTtOWg 

^Zlt"'!^! ^t!' *^/'''' ^"'" *''* •'»'"' I wag talking 

.taff^a^^iks?* """^ ""^ '""»"''' ""y*- «»" '*'• the 
Jack listened to the outburst without a quiver and 
^aZ^i""' *'""«'' "^'-PP*^ ■" « '«w more WMds tS 
that he "did not believe that J. P had anv tin^ "«ol»rmg 
roadster to his nanae. Thlf he^d^tTtK/aS 

Thil Tr^"" ''"'°™ '••^ P'«««°t owner drew a Se 
on lum and he gust thought he was of no account MiZ 
be able to go half a mile or eved a mile atTI^L „a J S 
when It came to a five-mile drive, why. he kn^ h "waj a 
duffer and he wouldn't be a bit seared to trit 1^^!^ 
geldmg ,n his team, if the roads were only gooJ eiou^ 

aTLl^Tli;"' '""^ »' «^« """'- fa^irTottlngti 

a hventy-doUar bill and an oyster supper for the pa^ ' 

This proposition by its very auTcity nearly took 

i,Ln.» *•■ T"^' •""* ^' «P««^''y ™"i«d and s^dhe 

SJldT'' '"L'°* '"" ^»''P' "»* '•«'d "et fo^ to 
twenty and d n the cent of a hotel bill he'd chargethe 

h« !„1^f ^J""''*/''"'^ '""^ ^^ """^ driving a muTe wZ 
he got to the end of the four milp« Th^ .* . ? 

UP about three o'clock that^'aTto™!. S'^bXti:^ 

following day the Durham road was fairly wTb«k» 

Sj /"' r"'"*^ *•"* *« ^•'^^ "kouid jog fT; 

^ w!?L ?i°° °°"'*- ^ w«U-toown resident^nd 

tat of blood between the shafts that could run like a 
Bteeak, we deeded to keep in the hunt as well a^^e wer^ 
able. Arrived at the turning post it was arr^n^T^ 

the road on the start, but that in case the driver who "lot 




A!»D OTHBB SMTOHM 



Ml 



couple of tinTSwas^otTM" *"'* '"^ '*°«« " 

until within half a mile of hnn,« Ti T"^ retained 
think that though irJaB I ZLf ^ ""' "'^'"K '» 
doUars was up fait nZt ^^^^ "'"''' ""^^^'^ ""y ten 
four '^om.lnZS^Z'oTiCm '^\T^^' *^« 
warpath, went past J. P. ^bLTuI "" °° ** 

and, sailing along wi h a fnlThl i * /"*' anchored, 
his adieus to his LJt I wl" Lot 1 ° t^*T T """""^ 
halfbred, good bit of staff ♦^Vu ** ^'^^ '<"• ^"^ 

the door, eigar'in mo„7 an^aKim'^r'"' °"*^'''^ 
he had been fooling away Us time if w. T °° ""'*'' 
though, for Jack to rub U fn J P JLT ""* °"'"'''"^' 
Grey county that da" It wasn'fsrZ if f^*'* °"" '" 
had lost that worrit htrrr the T^ulT''' "« 

me^t to wet themo^thst^tLrrs a" dt! dlf" '" 



in Quelph, warning him not to be 



from 
80 ready 



2*2 OAVADUX TOTF MMooujmmon 

better ttan .46, J. P. rtnugjitw.y deolawd that it was • 
"pl«'V «.d that th. boy. had mng in a trotter J Urn 
on pnrpoM, and no amount of fntnre explanation waa 
Miffiownt to change hi. mind. When told that the gelding 

he dedared it waa a oonapiraoy and vowed he'd get even 
with the quartette before he quit 



*•* oi'BU anroni 



3U 



""■ WMT's rtoAiwo ■nuoK. 

ae waited with eager unpatienoe for the ice to fm™!^" 
Ml was reported, he straightway commenced preparingTo 



rwdy, and friend Biley mw looming in the diitanoT. m! 

W. hotel thrown in^ A big gM,g of men were pnt ZZa 
Md at the end of two week., on a Wedneeday at noon th. 
taick wa. completed and announced perf^ Twm 
^t^J27 '^T ''"""'• "»'' "to^-ther pi^onnoijTJ^ 
a great crowd of people were on the bay taking a look «l 

*liead, and m Biley'a hotel on the shore the bovi »» 
ZrT^. «?*«-.« "P t". programme f" S J^ toS 
Md Abont th,. time a strong easterly wind blVw^p, t2 

tte shore. The storm oame on so qnickly that in two 

with It. bn.he. acting as sails, «,ept almost ^tact^ 
fato the open lake, and much fnn was made over the X 
^nl tw tr? **"' 'n«'»«r«'' 'rom Hamilton and Oak- 
places at the rate of ten miles an hour. The strong taeeae 

BaJY . mmd all desire for speculation in that line. Ih 
h^s long expenence as a hotel-keeper he had met with 
many slippery customers, but nothing in his exi)erim« 
came up to hi. track venture. experience 

♦fc ''^*' J'"'' V""*^ '^'* *•""■• The whole aepeot of 
»« n"/..*^"" ^f "^ revolutionized, but as yon^^^ 
talk of *J'T,'«'-''' ■*«'«" 'ike Mr. Biley and hear hS 
talk of past fun, yon are forced to believe that the boys 

-t' r p^tr." "^^"^ " "" "' "^'^ " -^ - "- 



AMD OTHU ammtomu 



M7 



THE. WAY THEY POUND IT. 



I rail soroH an old turf foUower one eveninc who for 
oonvmenoe wk.. w will call White. tC Wnr„e.Il 

abont old tune, on the trotting tnrf. A friend of hif 

Cf i^ T '^ '"'"^ ""* *•-' "<""<» ««' off thr^ 
th?h„l/ " ^"•'' "'^ " '''• 0'^«' had no nw for 
the horse for Mme months, he oiTered him to the yarner 

in P V"! '"" '^P*^' ""J «'ter a good deal of itndv- 
r^H ♦u ^ .'* ''•""'' ' **°-^»y "eeting was advertised 

before the race, and on the night before his controHer 
stepped mto the pool-room to see how the brt inToS 

Z^a^^lT f '«**\'«'«y bnying np all the tickets he 
oonld get hold of on a horse called "Joker." There were 

Inl^:.:*'^ /;!''* "*'*'""' '"''> ^'^ "tacking npttt" 
^ J^? """"■ ""S^ ■" *« •""»« "we- After the b^x 

sS,^V°>*^ *« '^-'«<1 article that i^s 
l^^/ pertinaciously to Joker, followed him 007" 

D'v« fhil'lf "**' r° •"* '""*^«f y°"' '■orse pretty strong. 
» t n -J?" '""'* «°* » P"*«°t on the racef " 

I'll S«°;h^*!i "u''"* ^""" ^•"'' I "^"Jor reckon that 
1 11 take the stuff when the race is over " 

"Don't be too snre on that point, Pete. I don't want 

to scoop yon, but how fast do you expect to trot over^S 

stony and lumpy half-mile trackf" '™'overtius 



2M OAHADUN TOM BIOOIMOTIOKB 

ander the wire wiU have to reel off three heats mlrfitv 
close to .28, or he won't get a teste of theTnglr " ^ 

good aad If Pete wanted to save enough money to bnv a 
plug of tobacco, he had better hedge ont t^ money he 

.M to secure the boodle. Old Pete, however, was deadl^ 
^^d^HTf T*!?°""' to sink or swim as he stood 

^nll "f ?"*'" "'"' " •>« °«"'<J »' People and 

seven horses scored for the first heat in theTcC 
When the word was given four of the seven entries msh^ 
to the front and passed the quarter pole at less than a 
twenty cUp. The half was clocked in'^.n^dii^ ^ 
flghtmg race of it from end to tod. White's entry won 
the heat ,n 2.26% over a slow half-mile track. Re Z 
scored the second and third heate in .25^4 and .27 In 
fact, wh«, the boys got together after the race it ao- 
peared that all four horses were raiders and ea^ olZ 
had struck for this particular town looking for aTft 
Bnap, and the above is the way they found it. 



AKO OTHIB SKaiOHaS 



249 



MY EXPERIENCE WITH A PULLER. 

k^^""- *»''' '^°'' P«^ Henderson wag a leading hotel- 
keeper in Bowmanville and was well known on the cZ 

ners at different tunes and used to pick up onite a f«w 
««, but they came in for a share of what was goL wd 
* ro?" Z"Z '"'■: " "i""*^ '^«°' «<' generalTha^f 

1 am open to lay long odds that ^e was one of the v«rv 

^d as 8m*^lt°^*^ ""T «^''""« "»»»* "V^ '■andsS 
ana as smooth-gaited a trotter as ever wore iron m.a 

^ who handled him for Henderson was tt^Z U'J: 

Pat Carney, as reckless a driver as ever held reins i^ 

Toronto °T„r ^**' *^"'''^'"« °» *"« ™-1s aro^d 
J-oronto and on an afternoon at the "Peacoclr" H„»«i 

Je I^das road, kept by Robert ViLTi met cS^ 

S.at fTlTsn!^* *; -^ ^"^«- "^'^ •>«"» ^- a 
^S i i 1 ^ """^ '' ''"^ ""'y « the centre of the 
road that the going was passable. There werra^nra 

lunner west. This was agreed to, and as I was ah«nt 
stepping into my cutter, between the shafts of wuTh ?^s 

gested that I try his nag, as far as the next hotel and 
he would take mine. Knowing that Pat never dl' J 
^ZT; l^"' •'"°*''"* *» -""ke the change, and the si^ 
started Indian file for Lambton. I was tt; whipSi^S 

horse pulled so hard that it was a caso nt -.ifK • 

over the top of the chap in fr^^^ oVXlTiL ^fh! 
deep snow to get by. This I succe^ed L io^g^l 



280 OAHADUN TOBF Biooujwnoirs 

tt^-,*" **"" *•''" ''^ ''*" Pl°^8 through two feet of 

ion Mius, I knew it was impossible to get down safelv at 
the rate we were travelling. I don't bfueveTever «e^* 
cised so much muscle in all my life as T m/a ■ T 
kst half-mile of that drive Wo!f re iii'^^-lSr;: 

thirty yards from the road. Just whfii. T h^ T • j jT 
put my remaining streng^ into t^o" o head'Sf for 

LTthehlr/- '"'^ -^^ "'^^ ^ Se ri^id 
hesftaSon «^ ♦1"'^*' '""^- '^*«'«' '«« »<> t^'ne for 
™k 'r* ?1**^« ""^^ ^^"^0 force into a suddaa 

amt and that ended the journey. The horse went in ^a 

sTt meTS'^'V^*" ""' "'*' -"^ "eSen S 

or j< rank Harrison (brother of Chief Justice Harrison 

wwT*^ confessed that his own arms had given out 

give me a little exercise while he rested up. Henderson 
had a standing offer of $1,200 from a Eochester man for 
the horse if he could break him of the DuUin Jfc.StV * 
as he afterwards told me, he cost 1^ S slei^ th'^ 

SSteht H^ ^'^r''"'' ^""^"^ while ^Sng'to 
^n^ ^^; ! ^^^ '* °P "' '"«' ««1 «old him for one 
htmdred dol ars to a teamster, who gave him all the pX 

^!^: ^'^^\^'!''!''^ °P ^*'' « """to « front o°" 
wagon haulmg bricks. Thus employed I saw him five 
years later in Bowmanville, and the sight of him h^ugM 
b^k v^^dly to my mind that mad rush into the llmS 



AHB OIRKB 8XBT0HXS 

AN EASTEBN EQ^E WHICH FAILED TO 



251 



' l^^tals ligf LTS r^ '^"^«' «*-<J 16 hand, 

Montreal, and a oonl of l! J ■'?'" "" """^ "°™<J 
as he was ^S>^fo^f^Z^ti:t''^ "T •'"' ""* 

theses "BmrBlt "' °"'^'" *^* -" - 

were especiaUy pri^'^^'ir^ j"^ '^ ""« ">«««»«» 
meeting, and Majar P^l C I Do ? ^'^^"^ "' «■« 
were standing ontride Z' -'Eo^pT « '"'' "■" '^*«'- 
of entries as they a^e^^"^"' '"o"™* over the Kst 

Eepeater entered i^Tel?;r~Lr*^*- *«^« 
I had heard a good n.«,y gLHori^ tr*""^-™* *"* 
when in Montreal abont tu7«h * . ^ * P'*"^""" y*"" 
decided, after talto^tte m«H^'^ Phenomenal speed, I 

abont the ho^bnt as^^af^^^ ''^ ^ * "'"'^ ^^'^ "^J 
an interest in Mm "««"''"-'J'' ^med ont, o^ed 

My telegram read as follows- "Om^n^ij- t. 
here. How fast can he CT" ^J, t if* ^^^' 
fore leaving for the track ftl .„ir "" "" •■•""■ "'«- 
track, three%eatrber^^^T:n^'?*;'S 
what a sure thing it did look t« K.„l *u "* ^***t ' 



952 

CASADUN ICW HEOOIXKOnOHg 

fifty dollars, it looked sneh real iam fh.f 

resist dipping our finders inf«?>. ^* .^' ''^ "^"'"^ "»' 

we did it many tLTZ^V *« *«^Pti»<r Pot In fa.^ 

first heat X^^Ztl^L^' '^" """"'^"^ '»' *« 
fignred up onr win^.f" JnTl« * "''*"' ''"' »'»«J"'t 
were made 8^^ Va, wdl L%t*^r°f ?*'«"'''*« *•«* 
and showed loto ofsZl Pi^ ,?* '1°°* '" "" °' *•"«" 
given he shot to tte £ F„Tl\u^'"' *'"' ^°«» '^w 
two lengths in the iLd a^d ^- "•" """*"■• P°'« '" 
hal^mil"pole he J^i£r°*/*'^, ***"''• <^ *° «>* 
and, 'pon my word^t hTJT\ "''" °' *" ^"^ -^J^^O". 
barihfshonLr Bn J'iL^t '"'* "' " " '''"' "» «-«" 

in. into the t !riK ;,,rfiVL?tr""'- 

kept'l^bbfng^pJLZ^T^'"'"'^'^'*- He literally 
Mb driver li^-r^Zi'Z''^''!^^,^,-'^^ 
were under the wire unH th^T; „ *• *'" l*"*®* 

tb. it„ta«i., „, isTKbr.. Ik?? ^'^ '"'• 

rn^ftir^Zr^-™^^^^^^^^^^ - 
his great daJr^ h« h^^! •'"'2 "» *^™«« *^ ""P*"* 
doinf ifti Jr rmmS:5 to V^nS ifT ""' il^''^ »" 

« ne was of nnghty httle account at an Ontario meeting! 



AMD OTHn snroBM 



TOBONTO, THE GBBAT HOBSE MABKET OP 
CANADA. 



J^L° IT'* mteresting and noteworthy facte in 
conneofaon with the horse-breeding Intereste in^hie^n^ 
try, >B the concentration of the trade in Toronto. Fifty 
oZ.??L^w^;? ^P°"*°^ '" •«"«'»Kshed in^ 

tinni T. *"■ ^ '"'•'*^'"' '"■'"^''J noteworthy propor- 
5n™« J''" "««°t /""hase of the businoBs by Meawg. 
STkeJt ^^*Pr^,'«l«'«<' »."PW development which 
has kept on steadily mcreasing, the most snbstantial 
proof of Its present proportions being the fact that a 
httle over ten thousand horses were sold there durLj 
^J \ ^T^ V^l "^^ °' •^'^*« ^ol-ded thorough 

it^^n^ *^'' "^'^ «*"""" P"^""" J'O"^''- ^e regu- 
lar auction sales days are Tuesdays and Fridays and 

between Hahfax m the east and Dawson City in the west 

t.^T ""P^'t'-t winners on the Canadian running 

W^ PI ^"^^^ "* '^* Eepository, incIud^Xf 

tt^Vav«.^^HTT-./" ** "«''* ^"^'^ »><>«« line 
they have sold a host of fast trotters and pacers, ranrine 

SoK-, ""°,^'°' ^"''^"'^ 2.03y„ Lady MaVS 

ShT^rJ''" ^r'^;^?'"' °' "(^i-tered Clydesdales and 
Shires are sold at The Bepository every year in f^L 
Toronto is the admitted centre of\e hTrse bnsi^essl5 
TJ^"""- ?! "'•T''*'* •"■^o" ^ the country Ln 
X J *',"""'!*' "^"^ *'"' '■^"'t is a constant supphr 
of the best class of stock it is possible to procure, ff. 

^ I, " « ^"t"" '" °'*^" '«?'■'««*«' at the sales^As 
much a. $6,000 has been paid for a pair and $3,5(W for a 



2iu: 

CANADUK TW MOOLLIOnOH. 

would be within the ZaT \u P'""^"**- ""d it 
nse more fast trotters anH «.«• i^ •"' Pn^»te 

flesh, and'Ihis^UflL r ha°'£: jl^! °' "?" 
and a powerfn, aid i„ hui,di„, .^ThV/^T^tlS 



*^ onu nuKmm 



9S7 



THE UNEXPECTED OFTEN HAPPENS. 

a glorious antnnm dav T W. ^. ."' "^*' ""^ »»«'y 

times his size Hi. m.^n *" ''*•"» a bird ton 

the manner b'wSXH'^ r^« '" ^"^^r^ by 

•»J^d the gun. Hi. 8t^^! ^ ""• '^^^ °' *« "»" 
and the maHho cm b^, ^ **.r''f ■» "«»^eUon. 

hUnwtf on beinTa^itL'^t ?* '*'** '^*' '^''« 
yon nmy h.^J^tX?"^'^"'- J «" »ot how often 

be with hie warsZ? ^A^" ^'*'' '"^"'w yo" niay 

them bri^e'Z "f y^^J,: " rr"^"* -"en one of 

tog feeling of enrprij ^ «Penence a thrill- 

ply to relate surprises I favf ^^^^ f °°*'' ''°* «™- 
this mgnifloen^e bii Tw!?°"^ "'''"' '"««"« 
which the gronse^T Sj ^mTC"^ "^T ^ 
have no exDeot««nn „* P'entiTnl, but m which yon 

nnexpectyS^^eVofC^/ '^°"' •'''^ «"-"• ^he 
williilnstrate:n';:2^>PP«°»' "1*" '"""'^"^ 
after a fairly snccessfnll^te™ \ 'etn^ng to camp 
brace of birds, wlh^S^ ^." °' ^"^^ "^'^ '»" 
mile of onrrnt, I ^ «w.* */ ''"*^* '^*'^" ^"^ a 
-ot thirty yarSs'lrnt'^^H wTs e^lS '*"'• «« '"« 
Pnsed as I was. and with a^rril^S marf^^ 



aw 04.AM41I nw UOMLLHnon 

for a oluap of .Ideri oIom ly. Two iwmli of No 8 

•hlT°f. "P-"«".<* »' • 'imilar character a y^r later 
when hMtmg ui a looaBty that wa. fairly well aettl^J 
^i" *"«*»»• '""^0 -ever expect J .n«nil^ S 
W convinced me that it would be wi«, poliTIo in 
fuhire be provided with two or three buck.hoVcartridJ, 

even wh« «, provided there i. likely to be many a .l"p 

between the cup and the Up. ^ "^ 

I wa. np in the north part of Peterboro county, whew 

hBth partridge and deer. It wa. a hot afternoon ii 

food thew bird, are .o fond of, but though I had tramprf 
mny mue. and hunted faithfully, a .ingle pair Zm 
ttat my game bag held. Anxious to improve matter. I 

I had M often had good luck, and try the wood. l.M]i» 
northward, to Blue Lake. After an hour'. hardS 
T^A^I one additional bird to reward my effort., I 
deeded to call it an "off" day and circle homewa!!^ 
It wa. as hot a. a July day, and by the time I got back 

ft?w^.""^ " ^ * '"^"'" *" "^^ ""'*««" "^ 
Selecting a shady spot I found a comfortable seat, and 

distant, I decided to have a smoke and thus soothe my 
duappomtment As I was feeling for my pipe a rustling 
noise immediately opposite attracted my attention, Md 
loohng up I was startled to see a big black bear ro;,ting 
at the foot of a beech tree on the opposite side of the road 
and not forty feet from where I sat. There was not a 
breath of air stirring, and as I had not made the slightest 
noise he had no warning of my presence. I do not be- 
lieve that I ever in my life felt so chagrined as at that 



BOOMBt. Hv 



A«o onn nam 



ffraato* *!,._ , arrival, Ont hi8 cmuune was 

^ I h^ r- """ •■" """"K"'' to '''^P out of Inr 



360 



OAIIABUK TOV UOOLLMTIOItl 



Md M Muioiu M tlM mott timid hnator oonld b« to nt 
out of the w»y. The onljr .xoepUon to thii rnle U tb* 
CM* of a woundwl bear when hronght to bay, or a mother 
when her onbi are atUclied. She ii then thoronghlr 
dangeroni, and the hnntor who haa wounded one ofher 
youngiton and flnda hinuelf confronted by the mother 
rwiuires to keep hia head oool and ahoot straight. Other- 
wia. h« will have a wreetling mateh on hand in which 
be U likely to come out aeoond best 

tteoug* blindness, forced to content myself with mem- 
ories of past ontings; of splendid sport on lakes and 
rtvers, of noble catches of gamey bass and lordly salmon 
Memory also serves up thoughto of glorious autumnal 
days in Canadian foresto when hunting red deer or moose, 
and though the knowledge that s^ch pleasures can never 
again be experienced, it is tolace for the mind to be able 
to serve up some of these recollections. 

Every shooting season an appalling number of aooi- 
dMte ue annually rooorded, the majority of them caused 
through gross carelessness in handling, or otherwise 
using, rifle or shotgun, and some men are so thoroughly 
reeUoss that th<7 are unsafe companions, no matter how 
Mg the woods. At the slightest movement the gun is at 
their shoulder and without any proper inspection of what 
caused the noise, they wiU blaze away in the directiDn of 
the sound. Settlers often lose young stock feeding in the 
woods throngii such recklessness, and it is therefore not 
Bu^nsmg that in some sections where they have had 
such experiences they object to hunters trespassing on 
their property. 

My son, a skilful hunter and a thoroughly experienced 
woodsman, once had a narrow escape when still-hunting 
in this same section. When stepping over a log he was 
seen by an amateur hunter who, mistaking him for a deer 
had his rifle at his shoulder ready to blaze away without 
further inspection. Fortunately, a lad who was steering 
him through the woods, detected the mistake and knocked 
up his nfle, thus sending the buUet harmlessly through 




CMARLM .OVL., TH. VITMAN CANADIAN 



TRAINIR. 



AHD OTHn SKBTOBIS 283 

S'thn-t"-'- ?! f*^'*"" '»'•' ^"O «i^«» the balance 
of the day m which to dear ont of that neighborhood ^ 
1«. take a Bound thrashing. He decided to moT^ 
bv t^rt.!"T^.''f'" «<l^°«»t«<l the paBBage of a law 

of 7^ "T"^ ''*^*""*' ''''«'' i" «° doing the liff 
vl^^y^*"^^'^^'^'^ Myperaiften id- 
BaBtem State and continued agitation by the local prT 

^ the Legislatare in which, when death is the reBult ttl 

«r^t'.f ' T ^''""* «- be Bent to pri/on 1 1 
BafaBfied that Bnch a law would prevent many aoddentB^ 

SrJl""- r^" ^'' "^""""^ •« P™*«J <"» the LTo/eve^ 

thi t^ *•/'*""' iS-o'ance- » is a subject worUiy 

the grave consideration of our Legislature. ' ''"""^ 



264 



OAHADIAS TinW BIOOLLBOTIOBS 



A FAVORITE DOG. 



Did you ever own a dogf Not necessarily one of aristo- 
cratic lineage, whose pedigree could be traced through a 
dozen generations of dogdom. Neither do I care what 
breed of dog he might be. 

He might be a St. Bernard, a Mastiff, a Newfoundland, 
a Pomeranian, a Setter, a Pointer, Betriever, a Dandle 
Dinmont, a Bulldog, a Collie, an Irish Setter, or any other 
of the dozen breeds of canines. He might even be a 
Poodle, some kind of Spaniel or a Hound. Stop right 
here. I've owned all kinds of breeds and sco)-eB of them, 
but the best, truest, bravest, kindliest, most knowing one 
that ever wore hair upon a dog hide, was a hound I called 
Smoke. 

I had heard of his mother by repute; of his father 
nothing was known. Smoke wore more colors on his 
body than were ever seen in a gypsy's shawl. He had 
white shoulders, a smoke-colored saddle, brownish-red 
ears, black band around his neck, smoke-colored spots 
down his front legs, black and tan down his hind ones, 
and a smoke and white-colored tail. 

He wouldn't have taken a prize on his looks at any 
kennel show on the continent, but in the woods hunting 
rabbits, hares or deer he could outrun, outstay and out- 
hunt any dog I ever met with in thirty years' experience. 

Other dogs would score a grand run one day — perhaps 
two or three days in succession. By that time their bleed- 
ing feet, shredded by the jagged rocks of the north coun- 
try, had them so crippled they were knocked out for 
days ; but no matter how sharp the granite, how steep the 
rocks, how thorny the underbrush. Smoke was ever on the 
job. I have seen him crawl out of the kennel in the morn- 
ing stiff and sore in every joint, feet puffed and swollen, 
but you dare not leave him on his chain to rest up for the 
day. If yon did he would protest with a voice that would 
be heard over half the township. 



A»D OTHEB SKII0H18 JMg 

Many a glorious run IVe had with him. Talk abont 

STormv""*' ^'ri-o-^Hlyingflatonthett- 
!r„ ^"'^.T"*' " '•«" "™k«t «»«>'™ over him to 
ensnre his stillness, and one morning when ballasted^!? 

l-v«^ *''-!u ""^ T'^"^ '""^ tJ-^ blanket, the nostrils 

sc^n^ »T "'"n**""'"* ""^ ^ ""-^^ that Smoke had 
scented a deer. Cautioning him in a low whisper I 

landed, pnt on his collar and entered the woods 

We had not circled more than fifty yards before his 
head went into the air, his whole Zly ql5S wS 
expectation, and had I not loosened him, he wo^M ^ve 

In less than two mnutes the roar that echoed over the 
hills told me it was a hot scent and Smoke noTfar l^hSd 

?lTh»» ^ "ri*^ T '* "* •^' """^ «""! so fasted he 
keep what proved to be a big fat buck on the move, that 

WW f;; ^"?**°* ^^ ^' ^'^ft "«• "J^dily c rcl^ 
b«* to the shore of the lake from which he had been 

He broke cover within one hundred yards of where I 
Btoc^ and a lucky shot from my Winchester drop^i L 
at the watwside So quick had been the killing tha^ two 

wlteh' "^"^ '?° ^^ "*«" '«'P»*'"'«d to the nea™^t 
watehes had not even time to reach their stands bef^ 
three shote m rapid succession warned them that the 
morning hunt in that direction was over, and the signal 
speedily brought them in. *^ 

- '^^^ i**^u°' '^^ **'« '""''' ""«d that November mom- 

pl«ce on the wall of my den, and every time my eyes rest 
on those gra«,fully spread antlers and massive neck of 

ZJL f fl'T'* ^'^' '^•"'^ '» *»•« "orth woods, 
thoughts of Smoke creep into the mind and memory of 
his tragic death in the wilds of Temisoaming saddens 
me. Now I will toll you how it happened. 



!i 



266 OAJADUH TOM «K)0LL10TI0»8 

anKn ^.^T^ ^"- '"" ^ "^y '^^"^o ot country 
and thongh at different ' .les I owned many good hoMid^ 

and hunted m company with other owner/whThadS 
ttey had reason to be proud of, yet Smoke never ftdlS 
t^Z ^^«"P«"°"ty- His keem>es8 of scent, as Zt 
trated above, was wonderful; his speed was ^t his 

caused his death in the Temiscaming count^ I ZZ 
camped for a few days on the border of the M^e Bi^ 
m Northern Ontario. I had gone out from the tZk 
leavmg my rifle behind me, to examine some rockT^ 
more than two hundred yards distant While busy break- 

Z.^r'"'^^'"*'' ^ ^'"•^ ^"""^^'^ ^°>''« down near the 
nyers.de, and ite sound plainly told me that he had some^ 
ttong at bay Fearing it to be a porcupine, on. of The 
pIIh^' :^' ^«P«™«"K "features that infest our 
Canadian woods, I ran in the direction of the sound at 
top speed, hopmg to save the dog from filling his month 

dog was barhng I noticed that he hadtreed a very big 
black bear. I immediately rushed back to the 8haok,^ab 
bed my nfle and started for what I thought would beVure 
game. Before I had covered half the distance there was a 
sudden crash and then an ominous silence. Hurrying on- 

l^^, TL^ V^" 'P°* *° ^^ P°<" Smoke Kte^ly 
torn to shreds. The bear had evidently seen me on my 
tost tnp and, commg down the tree, had been attacked 
by lie dog. In close quarters there could be but one 
result, and the dismembered carcass showed how savage 
and destructive had been the work. 

My companion, who had been out fishing on the river 
arrived about half rrn hour later, and we vowed to aveng,; 
the death of the best dog that we had ever owned. Pack- 
mg away sufficient food to last us for a long day's hunt 
we were within fifteen minutes hot on the trail We had 
no difficulty in following the bear for the first hour- then 
aie trail led us into a dense swamn. The gloom of this 
huge forest of cedars made it difficult to see any distance 
bnt by cautious, careful work we gradually worked our 



AND OTHEB SKETCHES 267 

ahnnt ft,w- j wiuon ne BoramUed over some lom 
about forty yards away that he was badly hit -IW J^f 



OAKADUR TUMW BIOOLLBOTIONS 



CASTING BY MOONLIGHT FOB BASS. 



I suppose the average bait caster knows very little of 
oastmg by moonUght, bnt to my mind this is one of the 
most pleasurable ways of fishing. The verv weirdness 
and nncertamty constitute its chief charm, for the more 
uncertain a thing, the greater the satisfaction when it is 
aocomphshed. 

Confirmed fly casters often ridicule the bait caster with 
the stubby rod, but I have used both, and it takes fully 
as much skill and practice to manage the short rod as the 
long whippy one, and bait casting offers a much larger 
field and greater variety of fishJng than fly casting. A 
surface bait should always bo used, as a bass strikes at 
the commotion made by the bait, not because he is hnn- 
gry, but merely because he wants to fight. 

I have had some pleasant experiences angling by moon- 
Ught in the rapids on the Trent Biver below Healey Falls 
I know of nothing more enjoyable on a warm evening 
than wading by moonlight, fly-fishing for bass. The 
Biver Trent at the point I allude to is a rushing stream 
of water whirling along in foam-crested ripples at the 
rate of seven miles per hour. The river is not more than 
forty yards in width and from either shore it is possible 
to wade out an average distance of fifteen or twenty feet 
without being above the hips in water, great caution, 
however, is necessary on account of the smooth and slip- 
pery condition of the river-bed. AU of which adds to the 
«iciten?ent of the sport. I have fished that stream many 
times when the moon was temporarily obscured by a 
passing cloud, which made it impossible to distinguish 
the top of my rod, much less the line. I have hooked 
many a good fish when it was impossible to foUow his 
movements beyond the occasional break of the water 
made in his mad plunges to avoid the tantalizing barb. 



AJTD OTBn tKCTOBn ggp 

Od one oooasioii I hooked a .mall mouthed bau which 
•ftw landuig, tipped the wale at four ponX T 3 

LrtwrT"'"^- I'°«"«^»Ponthe'flghTt2« 
M an ahnoat hopelesB one, but fortunate for me, after 

«.Hin^ *»>• '""A fl»li wa. .tripped at the .hank, thn. 

1 «wer felt greater plearore in over thirty year, of ana- 
tog experience than I did on that moonlight niStonX 

lett baa. that ever wt up a fight 

S^litw ^ ?! '"i*'' '^'"« '""» °°e t° two pound. 
I may say that I have caught more of that variety of tte 
ba*. family in tho.e particular water, by ttat ,t^le o? 
fldiing than by any other. ^ 

Not only in the Trent but in other northern water. I 

^rr^LTt" r ^"^ **"« ^«' » 'e'^ ""ile* back 
from Coboconk I wa. anchored clo.e to a bare rock ta 

^.r«i?w ! T ^'•PPoi^ted. It had been an ex 
oes. vely hot dayj there wa. now a light, cooling bre^ 
oomuig aero., the water, and 1 de«^^ to en^joyT 
ZZiT "f^y Pl«''«"t 'eBting place before reW 
mg to^mp. About mne o'clock the moon .hone out with 
rare hnHmncy and noticing one or two break. neaT to 
my rodqr island, I determined on making an effort to 
catch a few fl.h by Lmia'. Hght. Putting fnroffhe few 
hve gra..hopper. I had with me on the hook, I ca.t il 
tte Erection of where I bad .een the waters disturb^ 

The re.t of the story is easily told. With ^a.shopper 
dew wonn and toward, the last with the white S 
fly, I caught nine .plendid fish and was i.ot more than onl 
hour m doing it. The following night, with equally fav 



270 OAiiAnu. tnw moolliotiobb 

li*v« Ud off dnrinir th* hnt of til^u, ^!l *" ^ 

iai lata in ♦h« It J V "" "y ""^ *>■• my fill- 

ing late in the evening by moonUght. 

"any of my reader* viait Old Trent I mdviu thi». #« 

mosqmtoeB and night fliem and take my CiK Z 
the angler who once triea fly oastinjr for fc«^. W II.^ 
lg.t in ti;e rapid, of Old TrLt. Sbet^o«S^Zt 
the experience at the earliest posaible moment '^ 



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THE OLOiOOIJS MOSTHLiKiK.THt; HOME op 
THE U>«DLr H008B. 

(ta my last trip to the head of the Blanche Hi™, t 

« oTriS iSl J.l!° °°' ''*' *^ "««'*' 32 deer and 
».«^ » **** ''*'^ «««n on Ontario soil Th« 

"noose, of course, being protected hv th. i. 
assaUable. Biirht here « r«a^« ?r^ "''• ''*''* *"" 
np and I leave it\« u", *7 !"*^'"'' 'J"***^"" <«»P« 

nnder the rr^ti;.^*^,?;S,ttT "^'^ T'"'*^" 
have been BnbiectT^L: la^? ^awTj "°''f 
prospecting and, of course, camTrly^ile Jft" Z 
passing out from a gully into a Hnmn „» ; t ™* ' 

tic^ly on top of a M^^SrmlT^r'i'^'r 
yards of him and it would be hard to say wh2 ,L^^ 
most s„n.rised, the bun or myself. He Wer'::,^ 
aghbng humor and did not propose gi^ng mlthe rfgh^ 



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272 

of way H- """'*'' '"' «-"-ox,o.s 

pawing warned me thaff h * "'' ^''*'" «"'' impatient 
better chance I ZlX ^74^*:^^^ a CZ 
It did not take me long to cKmh » ,^ ^ '^''"•' ""e Bto^^. 
or.e, and I had Just refched Htflt "L'°'° '^« "««««* 
ship favored me with a W k ^*'*''' ''''«'' his lord- 

would have been by to mJnsT '•""""•*° «""'?"«' "^t 
;^ any c,„,er comply th^Xmr"^ """''" *» ««'«» *» 
walked around in a circle "i^!".""' '^"^^^^ P«^«l>- He 
2"aj.titieB of earth and favofe^^?"^ *^««; P-'ed „p 
finally with a parting roar ti^t ^r^"" " '°* »' ""i^e; 

^ii^^LSLnLitr^-'^'-eiawhave 
-not I him-I couldeaS V h^ T,? *"* "Stacked me 
plenty of meat at camp S m"? ^"^ ^' •">* 1 ^ 
^ bull moose meat^f SeTLrK '*""'''"'"" P"^ 
" as imcy a morsel asTver 1 "'f*"- ^ t^o-year-oM 
tonpe. ItisfarmoreDal2Kl?.i!'^"'r' "'"'^ »^er his 
and superior to tame S h"f *.^" *^«"'boiceet venis^ 
o^dedly deteriorates^thL i' '" "^ "'"^J* ^at d^ 
Jisitor, with a C^otTllTJ " ""'I"" ^""' "k* S^ 
tongh customer to grapple vSth r.' ^*^ ^''^««' « a 
l^ve never had an inte^fw^^' , *"' Vv' ""^•'- « ^on 
y?" have missed seeing^ cTeTtL™ "!? •'"'" '°°°««' ^en 
his carcass; his eyes flfff-^ •'""'' "" «'«'eJ7 hair of 
™es like qiiiiis oftte fS^'^J^^'^/^''- bis Lk L^J 
? monarch of the ^iL^^^ P"'^?'"*- He is in truth 
«• The cow moose is an un^S?^ ,""r'"^* '°°'^«' be 
big bull moose moving thXS J ^^^ '*"'°""' bit a 
B'ght. Istoodonemorainf" fJt''"?'^' " " ^"^y 
a monster bull and tw^^ts^tW ^t^ P""* and watched 
some Indians who wermi- ^ ***" <M8t«rbed by 
They were coming alZUTi*l°? '"•f" "«i«?hborhood^ 
«ait that will car^ themTlir' '^«^"« P'''^"^ 
the notion sends them ^ an7at tb '"' f " ^"^ ^hen 
whisde I greeted the leaL ^th S hT'°' ""^ "'"'P 
^ ta^e a survey of the s.r ' H S^ et^^a' 



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AND OIBCB SKZIOBBS 276 

Z1 wflf" f '^"'•^ """^^ ^"^'^ « ^'^'^ o" Um. He was 

»ot9Vara:zrrx?ttisr;r^»' 

morning in Mriv OnfnKo, - v- ^' ^^^^ " K'onons 

the CanadiM Csts a loL^~ that makee an onting in 
, *°™»'8 a long dream of exquisite Dlensn» 

ADitibi Biver, which runs clear to James Bay In thi. 
«pon big game is so nnmerons that all the h Jters Ik^ 

h^^ a ^m! M hunter coming to this section must 

i^lLt ^f!: f""^" °^ *•■« '""^^^ «'« 80 dotted Witt 
islands end the forests so immense that until y^ Z: 
learned your way by experience, it would be sh^e^r f^ 



276 

i-° S^SJ: .«/,';- J- -t valuable co.pa^„„ 
The Les Qnuize or a" i?7"' ""** "«* y°"' rifle. 

bnt they are all easy to Dort-JI /***"■ "P'-^^ «>» it, 

food road Which rZ^aZTZnT^- '^'^'•' " ^'^o « 
ber company, and yon o^d^l T "P*""^ ^ *« J-^- 
preferred. The fish inT " ? T*"^ ^^^^ »' ^e way if 
the Indians say that lait'f."*"^'' P"'^ "«"» "^^'a^d 
'l«"«e in it, t "^^ ttey aw not n """"^^ ^''^^ '«'^"' ""Wht 
banks, coverea with'^sJ^ranTLT"'- J'' ^'f'"' '"^ 
partridge. ^ ^ ""** <*<'«'•. shelter plenty of 

they" !^87thM''man*v !f/ l"*^ ^f '"* ""-"""^ «"<! 

The nights are cool dnZ ^Kot^ ' '""^ "°"« »^ "• 
ffler, and the air one bSes in^h ' '"""**"' "^ »""'- 
inore powerful restorative toa^**^' ^'"^ *°'««t« « « 
the world's most noted phylTan? ^^ ""'^"'^ "^ 
Pnnce at a very small ^r"'^"*"""^- Yon can live like a 

retreats, and feedin/on tfe'ma°nv°,' '"'*"'"^'^ «"«'»•"" 
as an angler or hunter musiL^J17K!'""r^ »' J^« *« 
rf he is not more than Sfl^d n ""- ""'^ ^^"''ler 
loan continent between th«!?; ^ *^ «'«"* ^O'" 
there is no terrVto^ whit !"""*'«, """^ P««fie oceans, 
obtained, either .WtiTgrfishiT''' *°°' '"^^ '^ ^ 
on such glorious scenZ Jsewt "'"'.'^J^'^ eye Teast 
Northland. ^ elsewhere as m this wonderful 

^nglrS^te^-^^^ ^e traveller iour- 
Toronto, book hiS "o^p™ ^-'^ ^^^' ««. via 
Or. if he hails fr^m thl flr^ T*L ^° ^"^th Bay. 
via the CPE Z nl f *"^*' ^« books himself 

breed guides 5;'o"p\rClisr'"'lf ^^-^ -^-^"^ 
-nable prices and' u^p^f i'^^^' V''*''^^^ «t rea- 
several points in this ootmtrv Th. ^ be purchased at 
to take a certain qu^tTtTof^'J!""^''. '* '« ''^''m well 
as tea, coffee, cond'enSlbetr"' ^*' ^°»' "-oh 



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277 



DEEB HUNTING IN HALIBDBTON. 

wM^w''*? M agricnltnriBt on the lookout for laud on 
which to play the role of husbandman, I don't Low thl° 

Ja™™w '"*!* *^' *""*"•'* »' HaUburton as The m^ 
farorable spot on which to settle. The mountoks are 

some oS?; u / T ""T'""*"* '"'"1^''°^ f°'«»te ""d 
,•» Z, i . i "^ '''"* "^""^ '"'««« fi°e wops, bnt Ufe 
IS t«, short for a man to spend the best portion of i? 

S«l* ? .°^:u"' '"'"'*' "'^^"^ ""t"" when it is i 

s Si wl- "^'^ *r"*°'^ ''''«''' "• ^" "ot grow Z. 
sided walhng around the hillsides 

thf~ •'' *''! ''°™*'^ '' ""* ^ N°- 1 ^" fanning purposes 
ttere « no denyuig that it is a grand resort forX s^^ 

ber of bushels of gram the land would grow to the acre 
beyord securing sufficient to feed a few hungr? men fo' 
two weeks, I speak only of the HaUburton ITtnTas a 
cormfay m which to find game, and due respTftr my 

worthy of high commendation. I would not recommend a 
man of weak lungs or tender feet to give it r^TSse 
the d.ances are if he did he'd be knocked oS^'iTrort 
order Going across country on the half perpendicX 
basis IS not the easiest kind of locomotion,"^^ „ S^ 
IS about one mile of cHmbing up there for every l^Se 

the iJjf^ " ^"T^^" '""^^ "^^ «"J «°<"J^t to Say 
the pedestrian role successfully. ' 

Again, those who go shooting up in this big northern 

country must be prepared to rough it. willing to Z^Z 

canvas or live in some deserted lumber shanty; b^ "aS 

fled with the kind of food that can be conveniX eoS 

^th the most primitive kind of utensils and the seaso^nl 

of which has a little more wood ashes than an^W Te 

If, however, your stomach is a strong one and safisT.^' 



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278 

OAKAOIAI, TUBF B«00LLK0T,0N8 

on made o/ thrUXt of ZL'^""' •'^'^ " "^^^ '« «'«>? 

Big Bedstone. iILdoT^wJ"^*'"' """^^ "*«'« «>' the 
-ot have been imj^^^'!^! '"^ "" "''•" '^"^ -'^<' 
between high monnUdnB Wn?.?' "" " """"^ ^«1% 
thirtyfeetof the^Lw theCf '/ r*"''^ *° ^thii 
OMd. thns ensnringefeaSL^r'' "' '?'* '"«' »' white 

t«nt,20byl8,was5rSdXTci*'^"^^• ^" 
had a comfortable tebl« n,.j * *?^ *"**^ ^^ stove, 

"long the shwe two kr« 1 T '^''^•"'<* »'<*«! "P 

tent formed lt'tbT,JXfl t' "}'"' ^"^^ "' ^ 

iniT department, out Cd ^^tr^""*^ '»' «>« "'"^P- 

tent and made cap a,1e^tX '^"^'^ *^"«'' «"• 

venison steak b;oS ove^the !^7'** ''°°««'^«f '<" 
dedicated to camp nte Td l^!,^"'"' ""^ °' *«« was 
to a peanut stand that' tSaL™ ""^ *° '"^ " '*™«' 'ot 
that night at supper wo^d I'd f ^l °"^ *" ^'^' "'«'* 
convulsions. JuThow Ziv n^J''*""'"* ^'^^^ ^to 
ed away I wont deteS'^bTtt'^'""" ''•'""■*»''- 
quantity. We started ™'^"*J*/"? " Prodigious 
the hope of averaging o^edLr"^ ^^'' ^""' ^a« 

did not desire, and^hen 1 steL , w ' ""T ""^ **«* ^^ 
and about tw^aty fiS^^^^.^'^-^'^^^ «hot eleven deer 

that our en>ectTtione Ce reaC «5he "'" ^J"" 

venison sec-ured enabled each oTe She plL'r*'*^ of 
ber his friends on his r«h,^ ♦ * ™^ P««y to remem- ' 

shotwasabucktha topp^^lj'^ ?°« "^ *« "'even 
fellow's head was c" S J2? T *' f"^ *" "•>•"« 
for size, spread and Z^l* •? * P"' °' ""t'ers that 



A»B OTBn IXIT0H18 279 

devoted to a anUtantial breakfa.t of tea or coffee. t«nt 

pmg-off rehsh. Ten nuimte. devoted te gettkg o^ 
J^ttog m,„ in order, «,d ly dx o'clock at S )^ 

to US to wateh. Sometimes it was a vigil on the water 

Z:^IZ • r""^ ^ *''• ««f -'«'^' that .t^Sd 
aedstoiie Lake. Have yon ever played the sentry for a 
oonple of honra dn a runway f If yon have yon ^.wLr 
to the correctness of what I am abont to sly. ZuZ 
W notting abont it you have a new expe,?;nce to Z 

tol^^^'anff"^ """^ V^'^ «^ "•* "iM^e" ot the 
w«^: * f u""* r"° » '""<*'«<1 »<« P»t«*. but great 
woods stretching for miles and miles on thrw sideT^f 
yon aj.d on the fourth an arm of the lake t Wq^Se™ 

W ^fL "^ *** °PP°"** "'"'"'• Antumn's^L torth 
has tinted every leaf but that of the everZZ wdtt 

waX'h'"'!'"' "" *"* "«" -<> "hade pS^p'in^* 
^^Zn^T^ '""'■^°°'" "P**" « P«t"et4t neither 
ancent nor modem painter could truthfully portray with- 
out being charged with «caggeration. I loS^Z^ 
maple tr^s that were guttering monumente^^'^ld^S 

tteir leaves and each ripple of the summer-like brw^ 
revealing new tints and gorgeous combinations of gC 

ous colonng, until the eye became abnost wea^ S 
the blaze of glory and rested itself by tnminTto^ho 
green of the pines and cedar. * ^ *••* 

vowTonZ'*""^' "^^ T ''"°''' ^"'^^-^ '<" the sound of 
Holt th„ 1°"""^' °°^t' '^°'^« *»«* ^hen the game 

ton L/„ '„*"'**'■ *°"^" ^" ««ho from mountain 
top and over valley and water. If the game heads your 
way, be diarp of ear and quick of eyel Bringing do^ I 
deer running at fuU speed from the hounds isTtriiTLt 
any marksman may be satisfied with performing oTe 
a deer is big of body, but he is also marveUoufly ^ 



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280 

for di«tam shelter; but while w"^*'" 'i"' °" "'*' ''"^ 
ifir (floor of your ;atch on » '"■* '*"■ "■" "O'^- 
tW»«s to interest you Thouri. T^''^ ""'* "« "««y 
"wy be absolute Biienee the »« ""'"'' ""''""«'' th^re 
fancy imp of the woodT'the r^ . °'°"'?' """ "hattering. 
ing within a few f^t of tL!^,''''"''"'''^"«>"'e.curr^ 
-'rM over hi. held and ^aw^S J^''^?' r "■'" *^' 
«*d to quiz you. squirrewrro^'""^ ^^ '"^'"'•'"' P"'" 
»!> watch I had three mink ol^ZL- f ""'"^f ^J-™ 
stand; two large siiv.r^ ^ '*"" '''«"*' 'eet of my 
n.e, and Unaufl h^JZ ""''T'!, "''° ^"O^ stock^f 
^y intrusion, let ou^T^rfel C w°* ^ ^'"*'^''**^ -^'h 
to n steam engine. More th»n "'*' '""'* "'°°« ""^t 

drive at the mink, and my Tnd- ""' i""""'^ *» '*' 
'>arlin" when I ^nghtXht „, .h"""'*^ *"'""<^'' '^7 
viBagre of Mr. Owl takW • ^, " t*"* *"'^* »»«' """emn 
of the dogs bearing my wa* ?irb»;,'"* ""''. "'"'»'" °>««« 

make one feel thaU Kttirexrrdfe '^*" *''' "^P*"*- «<> 
to take. Twenty mile" from ?. "" " *°°'"'' ""«««"» 
telegraph statiol-tfnk "t^wrtTb''"* "'''^ " 
from outside world affairs A -nJ; , / ^'PP'' ""^'^ase 
takes possession of one "rid V °- •*°° * ""« '««'«« 
yonr life, thorough vTndiff! ^. "! '"'^°^ *^« «"enity of 
man Rm,;eror's iC or wwt°* V^' '^^ "^ »« Qer! 

sneezed 'a little C^ t2f„T„ \S"tb°' ^""'"'^ "^ 
money market. *' ^''^ thus upset the 

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AUD OTHM SUTOBW 281 

turn. Fellow, wf;r.;lJ2t, 'Si;;' "'"/"'"•*> *" * 

w.y to en.„« the ooE o'7Irt?'!°'V'"«^ "" °°''' 
«mmblerontof thePflmn^ "^ ^ " *° "" "ok a 

b-r once !»"'»: f chrnn, "^T"^ '""■"■• I '«»•«'■ 
i««r trip that Z the croaa^tt' '"L?"' "" ' '"^'' «'»■■ 

th. earth with U. prnTi*™""''" '•"»' «""' """dened 

He wanted more waiting „« n. 
French d«.eing n.:,.eTa^/th; IJe^haZ '°"-'*^ 
He conld grmnble more and S Tl^^„ *° °^'!'^'""'- 
have met in forty years ThTi I^ "° ^^ ""»•■• I 

d d by the gnLr«d tl^ Jl'^*^^ '" °"°P '" '""' 

prepared to t«Kw" te oh-T^'f '^'^ ""• ""'5' *«'• 
I wa, voted an eSed i«f h ^ ** "" "" '^•». »»d 
Wm out I man?g«^ t i^"!!^/' '!t'^^ '' » «>»ld drive 
bore had oasnallyS.pL^ th« r^ Tl? ''"'^°"' ^« 
ribly frightened '^fsnXl LnS ,""•* "« '""' »*"- 
"-fd. I had that momiS Mlli a^^ Ir^"""" "^ "' 
about four feet lonir and T ?„♦ • ? '"'"* ^'^' M«ke 
"»-«. as the «Ka i'?™"*-^ T ''•."""«"^ 
«t under the bed of cedar w-?^ ^' """"^f ^ ""^ 
•lept, and soon after the niZ*?.7° j'^?'' *'"' '"trader 
rng the most horriWe nake I^ l^^ "tired I started toU- 
hnman mind to^n^ r « 'V'.T P°''""«' '<>' «>« 
state that he ins^H !n . T '""' *'"' '«'" '» "nch a 
if any ana^^s J^d c ' TiHS'tH '' t"* '° "-"^"i" 
whom I had previous? nosl"' ""! '^l''- ^^ 'ri«»d8, 

him. but finally, to ease LCn!f' ''"*"'?''*^ *° '""'""J*' 
We, of course Cr«tfh fl ~°''«»t«d to humor him. 

from the eon" atf Tep" ,e Jt"11 ^'n *!"' ""'^' •^"*-t 
blankets and remoXlnr J f ""''*""''"« °^«'' the 

round to the co«eroLpL tlh/' T""^ ''^ '">• 
carefully we removed th! mvJ * ™°*- ^'"^'^ ""d 

»d as the wateTrooterw^Tjf^'t"'^"'^''^ 

enough, was the protruding headX W ' u*"^' ^^ 

Scott I I'll never foreetX Jx,if 1 : ?'* '""''«• ^reat 

ever rorget the yell that echoed in that tent 



''Weheinn.pedu.toote^f It 'f*« «^ yards Twayf 
row to the newest faChonJ? tS'*? """* ''^»'« h« wonld 
to reach the viUage. o^fll ""^ '"'^ » ^"gon in whieh 
;^th him, kindly hMds Wre?dt T^^'^ ^« t«lk«J 
duds, willing muscle rowS ^^ *° '""f ^ ?««* We 

banner's Sense, and asZratSTo/r *?*' """^ *° ^^e 
i|ffl away sounded o'er the watl™ * T?**'* *'"'* ««re 
*al thanks to Mr. Snake fo-t? ^t.^^^-^^d our cor- 
fnderedns. menyouare^f?i'°':'" ''«^'* he had 

^ weCS'J -i^oy such a tHp as ours you must 
. «"8 respect we were wonder£ ^n "' <^^'>'' and in 
^ «tended reputation 3 Sjv ""Z"^- «"" had 
good man. His assistant^ wer^„^'"" " thoroughly 
a«d best workers thari evTr^™^ "'j^* '"°«' "hli^S 
aen and keen hunters, aW "/^ ^<"-oughly s^f 
no aborwas considered toI^Tiff ^^^^ ''«"*«' and 
*«Wn« it they thought tw '^f.* '^ *'*«'• ^ by under 
o'theparty/ToZtt L^^^^^ "t^ *» «'e.4o;Z't 
ders and climb a rock at m Iw,!-^"" *° "''^ *oul- 
»ake the portage to anoL^ iSjiL" "' "" ,^"^ ^ 
the whole work was a««Jv!v u I' "* " revelation, and 

-atter.o^factw^th:uStlf'::*""'^'°-^^ 
of their services and around 1 ** P'^'s appreciation 

-rkers as in the ^oXt^rZ^Z^ '' ^""'^ 



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AlfB OTHBB SKET0HI8 



A FEW SUGGESTIONS AND BECOLLECTIONS. 

Look to yonr rods, reels and lines, go over the latter 
woSd^'f °'J"'"' '•"^"^^ '' ^''"^ '« »»« thing in the 

toss Th^fr"' ''i'" T "* '^«""« » » «^« t«»>t or 
DMs. Though you be a devout church member, or even 
a S«.day School teacher, you are apt, when such TdZ 

^2 I « ' *° '"^ '"''"^^^ ""^'^^ tJ""* at other and less 
provofang times would send a shudder througryour 
anatomy from heels to head. ""^ugn your 

Were you ever in such a fix yourself T If you haven't 

been then you never have been tempted and donSow 

w^t power of mind is necessary to withstand the tS? 

Ilon^'-i .•'"?°' bait-fishing a stream up in Grey 

CWh Lh ^'''T!'""^ "«»''«' »' the Method^^ 
Church and one of its most devoted class teachers-a 
man of generous impulses and a real good sort, on^^f 

Sth o"? th! %'"'"'"^' " '*'«^"°"'*« «P°^ »<» ^- fond 
bott of the rod ana gun. On the occasion referred to he 

arte Sinn!.'*™ ^ *"■""* """^ ^"^ «^«^«'«i"K «" the 
arte of the stalled angler to land the fish. He had worked 

Tef sne^/"/""^ *"*°*^ "•'"»*««' """J «t last hldtiS 
Sr W r. '"'' *f * ^ ^'^'^^ ^"^ ■"• J"«t then an 
sljh * ««'' 3»fflped close beside the captive, and his 
spla h eemed to give a hidden link of strengih to Z 
one that was being taken in out of the wet, for he sud 
denly swerved, and though the tension was but for a 
second, the line parted near the tip and about tWrty fLt 
stli.""'" '*™'"' "**'' '^'"'" ««-'>«'l- «" --t down' 
Inspection showed the weak spot in the line. It had 
oZr^ "^T I P^^"^""' ^"*'"°° ^thout being thor- 

eS f °"' " ' °''"'^' '"'"''« *'"' ''i'o result which 
ehated from my companion the quaint remark: -If I 
wasn t a churchman, I'll be damned if I wouldn't swear •' 



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286 

S S rS„-,2 r L^;,'-'e;i to t.e ,^,.^ ,, 

trip. Look to it also that the tir T '*""* '»' y°" 
yonr fly.book and played havT-*^."^" ""^ ^^'«J«d 
Bamples. ^'^^^'^ '"'^o« with yonr choicest 

a perfect outfit. Then the7i • ^ *° ^^^ '^ y°» ^* 
if a two, three or WpotZ «•/""'' °' '"°"'"f ^''-'t 
»ot through defective taSht-^"? ''■*««?•" was 
skill was not a match fnrM • """P'^ *'«''«"««' your 

he had not been hungr^ i^T""^' "' «'««' P«'ch^ce 

One of the cleverest Tri * . ^^^ " *"° J""'* 
practiced in Torontotq^rteTol a'"'"'." '"'"°" "•-* 
of wonderful ability in h"s „r^f!! • "'"*V>' "«»' " ""a" 
magnetic Personality wta,,fa„"r'*.P°^««««^« « 
bnt of all the men I eCkLw h '"*""»«tic angler, 
that ever handled a rod OnTr T *" '"°«* '°'«^tfa 
Fiesherton in Grey county and •^^T "^ ^'*'' •"o »t 
0U8 ,„e„,oo-, I warned hi™ ' ^""^'"' "^ '^^ treacher- 
the conveya;ce that Imo t T ""? '"'°"* ««*«"» i»to 
over his belonging a7d 1 f h ."' '° ^''^ "^«^' *» '°ok 
Like most men wit'h his fa w*":! '^^'^f!"^ ^as there, 
got anything. We drovp « i"f ''^'■*^ ''^ »«^er for- 
When we reLheTtLX/ Sid' *'''*^^" '""«^' ""''l 
pare for the work in hald the dn^f «r'"«°''«d to pre- 
come away from the hotel' l-t,.fu' ^^'^^ored he had 
lowing day, while we wlri 7 . ?." ''^- 0° ^^e fol- 
Mills, it w^s dec de" tld vfde T ''°' "* ^""^^'^ 
sides of the pond and fish thf " "f ^ ^ ""^ ''''• ''°«' 
»P both the east and wesJ bank'"'*T'"r ^°' '""^ '' '^- 
first blutr and had worTed mv t h"'* "' ^ """'^"^ '^e 
led^re f ro,„ which to reach a ve^^ "^"^ *" ^ '^"^^"i^nt 
the doctor hailed me from thJZrT"".^ '°*°« P""'. 
tion that he had left hTsbSonfho'f j'* **'<' ''«'''»«- 

andhavingbrokentheone''::^!^^^^^^^" 



AKD OTBEB SKETCHES 287 

toocked out It was a case of walking nearly a mUe over 
v^n' bad gomg back to the mill nnless I conld relieve ^ 
Si. ^ rf ^""y accomplished by fastening twow 

dZ' » ?' "f °f ?•"■ *""^ ^"■- '■'*■ »"d when we de^ 
«ded to turn back had fourteen good-sized fish in his 
1^\ H"'' jay back he sat down on an overhanging 
So » ""^.''Jtfy enticing-looking spot and then, be* 
o^ tri"^^ ""* '•""'*"« "^"^ '*''*' »>« took his basket 
I«L^ ^ff 1?^ ' '^«« "«" ^- Not succeeding to 
tand^g a fish at the promising looking pool, he continu^ 
his way, and when he met me at the miU was in high glee 
over h,s good luck. When I asked for the pr^f the f^ 
tor reached for his basket, and the look on his face X^ 
he discovered it vas not there was ludicrous in ftre^ 
treme His carelessness cost him a half-mile climb over 
s^™H'' *^l?'"'"">^ "° w'^y "Khtened by the voices that 
thW» Z ^'^''i "°^' ^'«'- y™ "«'«' forget any- 
nW • T ^- i"^ ^^""^•^y ^'^ crossed^othfr 
rZLTV^^'.'^f " " °°« '"■" which there is no 
w J^ ' ^°'°^ ^^^ "'•'"* """j^rity- He was a big- 

Ms r«l»T' ''.^r'-""^ «<"" ^f there ever was one and 
his reputation m his profession was not excelled by any 
practitioner in Canada. ' 



288 



CANADUN rUBP BBCOLUtOTIONg 



A TBDE FISHING STORY. 

A prominent resident of Tomnt^ i. i* 
waa Colonel O'Hara, Tretired Br « w " •*°*"^ *«»• 
was a thorough all ro.^H ! / "^""^ °®<=«'- He 
pastime was LhSg Sr^ZTP T *"* '•'^°"*« 
Lake Ontario and fhe ^2Z,\ l*'"™^ •*»^««» 
sampled and bnt few me^ttTaL ImZ^' ^ ""^ "»' 

iastic disciple of Isaac Walton th« P . '■ "" '°'''°*- 
to io« in some of C^^tZ iToS^"^ "^ 
oepted and the two veteranTLT . °*" ''"^ »«■ 

sport in the ^tre:ZtZ' ^^i^^^^'^Z'" ^P^^^^^ 
were fishing near Prieevill« i^n ""^ ^^ ^^V 

was sultry and the !^!'si^'i,"'<*"y«'»"ty- The weather 

ThefishiSJoweverT.«'l ^' "T. ""' ^ '"'**«li<»"'- 
isfled to 8ufferth„ T f ""^J^*^ *''« <^°'°''«' ^as sat- 

Major/ehrw^s^X Wrm" tl': •''n ^°* "" ««« 
and in doing so did Lr» «7\? ""^ °^ **■« «''e«teM 
was allowable -n^! T, ^'''^'^K °f the water than 

finally 'rx^Xa^isrd "r. ^ '^•^'^-^ 

"Major, what is the mtteSth youth " """*'* °»* = 
are making as much ^T/,T-f ^ ^' mormngf Yon 

sinker and floarSurl V ^""^ ^^'^ ^'^« ^^^ « 

fewfliesf" Sremarfnerj'?.' Z' ^"^'^^^^^^ by a 

and liver had no'trjLpt 'vfd'S; f re^^" ^^" 
dence in India bo h^ f^*"^^" ^ a twenty years' resi- 

"Colonel, I c:n%t^dtherd""'/"'' ^°"lf '^''""*'' = 
any other man, an^you can t^lZ "'7f," '^ ^""^ °' 
want to." After a few n!nr, ^ f ^ challenge if yon 
of "fi7" », \^ ff" peppery words a bet o* a baipf 



AND OTBEB SKETCHES 



289 



too 

At eight o'clock both gentlemen stripped to the waist 
8»d stepping outside the tent lay down'^de by ZeU 
pn^ng vigorously at their Havanas. The mosqiitoet 

^Ihnippers are barred, mosquitoes only' were to count^! 
Sslde. ° "' "" '"*"'^^ °^- t''^ ^"i-PPer 



290 



OAXADUN rvny .ecou.ectio»h 



Din THR BIRDS REASON IT OUTf 

half to three-quarter/inw^ll •?■'•"' "" '""«*'' •>>• from 

lake was then surroundlrbj ' h^ "^ *•■* ^^ ^^ «• ^he 
fflueh of which has s,Z in ,L !!!,''^i'°''''' °^ «'"•'«', 
tion of the timber Zn^Z'T^ °^' '""^ *"« destnic 
water. The North Rver "„"!"'' """'^ ''«'''°« *» that 

was on its westen, ZeTh' t'Th:"'" ""' '"''«• ■""* " 
relating took place. * "rc.imstance I am 

A pair of fish hawks nf f».. i 
"everal years i-estedt « Li hU^!^* "'"**^ """" '»' 
the drowneu land about fifty VaShJT '*'""^""« « 
These hawks were mnp* ""^.J^s^s back from the river 

or two vilus rthHe :hboTd'^\^*~^^'« ""-^ -« 
bushels of fish bones S-n^'"' "/ ^^''" "««' >-«ve«led 
destructive eapadty. ' K wTs V„X%*"!!!i""-" *" '"«■■ 
interest of anglers visi tin?* hf.J^ "'^ *''"* '" ">« 
deatroy the Wrds. Man/ tte JhV ' """ '" '" "'" *" 
planned to effect this nVZ t . . "''fenious devices 
•ners that I was ai^aintTwifK^"^ ^"""^ *''« '-" «»°»- 
of the attempts wTe suelsl, K T^I'"'^ °»' "°- 
that shore there was no wav^f u- " •*** approached 
the nest was bniU eZJlvf T^'"''' '^' *'«« « '-W* 
the river. To reach itT,n^ *f ""* "^ """ ''^'^ •>'«>k of 
arduous struggrthri th "^ """J """""^ « '°"«f ""d 
briar bushes. TheS the r"'' '?' "'"^ '""^'^^ 
that tried to exteSte the birdr""; 1''°°"°'^ P«^'«« 
nearest way to ge7at thtn, A ^^'' *''^ "^«'- «« their 

would land, a wSil it' ^' T"' '"'^"^«'' «« « boat 



AKD OTBia IKKTOBIS 



291 



ZrlT. • '" t^V^'^ «y«' ''"* "" «»»" «« a boat 

8 bolt, nttenng piercing cries of warning to its mate. 

.i^a T.I '"«'"««"'«'»1 efforts, it was Anally de- 

TnH 1 !*'"■*"' "''""''^ «° ^ «"> •««*. 0" ' Bhould land 
and toe others row the boat back to the laxe, hoping hus 
to deceive the birds. This was done on ialf a dozen 

rilr^-^Mn f ^rf*^ *•'* ^'''■•'^ "««' « bi/hiding 
fhH r^^ '*'"''^^.'' •"'*"°« °^ t*"*- "e«t- if either of 
the fish destroyers should return to it, but n every Lse 
^ese efforts were unsuccessful. No matter thought 
TZwV ^.T*^ """"^ ^'■'"" *''•' ^l"*"' the warning cjy 

th« t~! /* " ?'"*"'• *'■"»'« '''"'« ''«»"d return to 

the tree, sounding a jubilant note. 

An effort was finally made by two boats going together 
there being three parties in one boat a^ Woln tie 
other. All five landed on the shore and one o7the niS 
ber, a noted shot on the wing, was left in hiding nearXe 
rZr^U^ rr r"*** ""« "««* -"«• The fther four 
ake. On the way down the birds were plainly seen hang- 
ing around and one of them dived and caught a flsWf 
^nsiderable s ze before the eyes of the watchers It 
was then considered certain that they would return to 
their nest, but, instead, they flew to an adjoi^tng"!^ 
a^d regaled themselves with their catch. ^teTw^ait^ 
two hours and finding that the old birds were noIS 
to return to the nest, the boats were rowed back the 
watcher was taken on board, and in less than t^n mta 
ttUt ^"""'^ ''" ^"""^ "»*'' ^"^-^^ were bacHt 
The question of interest is, was the instinct of these 
birds sufficient to keep track of the number of persons 
who went mto the woods and detect the absence of one "n 
ioir^^r. ^^^-^^'^o^f were made to iUustrateZr 
power of discernment, and in every case where the pa^ 



soning they arrived .t ♦!..* ■ . ' Pn>CM» of tea- 

take to dedde '^e iSjrrr" '*''-"°' '"'"■ 

angler, who for two enZerri^n^^ T'"^/ '*"" ""• 
and, per.onaUy, I wJ^XeT^^^ti'"'' ^"^'^^o^ 
many wares Bet for them ^* """' ""^^^ the 



AMD muM MKwtomm 



AFTER A RAILWAY BONUa 



w„^* *"! ™*u? *'''• ■"*•' '° «"> '«"ki of the tp.]!. 

ttothourjsstr ' '*" '-'-'^'^ '"• ^'^ 

b0M.M for the con«tmction of railway, to this centre 

Md by hU Mg^ty and foreeight did more than any 

^rJL?"/" '•'^'^ *•" '"""•J'tion of thi. prewnt im^ 
portant railway centre. 

d^T",'^"!",'"''' ■''^'^ ^^ '""y 0' *»»« beet-known 
dt««.. of that day. There were W. H. Beatty. John 
Gordon. Anga. J^rriwn, John Hallam, John Baxter, 

Colonel Arthur^ Hon. John Beverley Bobineon, Nathan 
Wokey John Guity, Garrett Frarkland, John Taylor, 
^r-n?^"- ^^^^ Macdonald, "Square Toen" Med3 
John Blevin. George MorHe and the writer. Verily the 

St^'^'ri.? T^'°''^ *"'' ^"^P """""ft thoM I've 

W H ^; ^' 1 *'"' 'fr "'"""^ "^^^ «" bnt two, 
W H. Beatty and my«elf, have travelled the through 

itill head of a great legal firm, a wonderfully weU pre- 
T^fT^' 5^°"* ;" '*"''""* '^^ "'^"^ '" appear^ce 
eonnty beheve that the construction of the Grey ^ 
Bruce jme would put them all on Easy street. Last, the 
writer is still here, and now, as then, wielding the pen and 
wondenng whether the next thirty years will be Vs pro- 
lific of results for the city as the past 
The occurrence I am going to relate took place at 

*JW,ooo, and the Hamilton people were fighting like Tro- 



3M 



OANADIAi, TUBF BE00LLEOTION8 



}} 



themLZAJ^ the viUage, and a few minutes after 
of the evening were two clergymen from Durhm He 
borly manner was evidently making « Z^^^ ? 

less one that IS a paying investment. • ' 

S,?; ^";' ''"" '1''^" **»'•' O" «ends here to-night tW 
the Toronto people cannot mention a sir-irlp n.^l 
railroad outside of Norway ..TiZ^ ""^TZTZ 



AND OTHEB SKETCHES 295 

diallenge, Sir, and propose right liere to settle this ..ues- 
bon. Loolting him straight in the face, I raised my 
voice and said: "Will you. Sir, as a minister of the 
Gospel and en your honor as an honest man, deny before 
this meetmg that the Connemara and Bog of Allan nar- 
row gauge railway in Ireland is not a great success to-day 
and paying over five per cent, dividend to its stock- 
holders? I pause. Sir, for a reply." One glance at the 
astounded gentleman's face showed me he was thor- 
oughly beioarged and he stammered out: "I am very 
sorry, Mr. Chairman, if I have said anything untrue. I 
had never heard of the Connemara and Bog of Allan 
Bailroad, therefore, my friends will excuse my mistake " 
Needless to say, I gave him no chance to proceed further 
but immediately complimented him on the honesty of his 
character m apologizing and admitting he was not ac- 
quainted with the subject he was discussing. At this 
stage my friend Canavan, in the broadest of Irish accents, 
guaranteed that if the preacher would visit him in lis 
Connemara home he would introduce him to many other 
pleasant things in addition to t^n narrow gauge rail- 
ways. Canavan then san? "The Boys of Connemara" 
m fine style, every Irishman present joining in the 
chorus. 

We then addressed the electors in favor of the Toronto 
scheme, carried the meeting with three times three and 
a tiger, adjourned to the hotel, where a kindly disposed 
landlord "set 'em up" for the crowd, while we took the 
leading lights into the dining room and treated them to 
an oyster supper and -N.B.-The Connemara and Bog 
of Al an Railway was not constructed owing to some 
difficulty m floating the bonds, but the vote in PriceviUe 
neighborhood three days later was ahnost unanimous in 
favor of the Toronto scheme, and thus was the founda- 
taon laid for the superb railway system that now serves 
that northern country. 



296 



OANADUK TCTW BECOIXEOIIOlfS 



A PLOWING MATCH THAT DID NOT COME OFF. 

opposed me but it Lw * '*' '? ^'"P » "«' "^ those who 
ped it SarW tf " '""'' Proportions that I drop- 

usual thing for half « nil Prohibition, it vas no un- 

reeoneetionso..;i;:l-- 

bald MeKeC M^ilf S l^TeuEt t ^ ''; 
pleasantToLe ;hS 1/^"' ""'' ''^^'^^^'"'^ ^ "'^-r. 

™h .. „p.„..„, ™.w"n£:rr." ■'■'■■' 

wa representing Mr. Dickey on the occasion,, n^T 



!( 



M 



AND OTHBB 8KST0HES 

ti^at there was no bS Ttal^'' TV *''««"-e>ves; 
«« to using the thresier thatT ''' ^""" ■">"■-"'«- 
and he particularly priZ v ,7"' "°* ^""""'ar with 
die a pw in « woSitsff;" '^^ -""'■*>• *° ^a- 

It is scarcely necessary to add tZi .u- 
took in,n,ensoly with hTsL^enJe'Sr '"''"" ^P"'^'''' 
raised a prejudice against mfZ\ ■''^^ «d^»i«y 
present by mcidentaIly2;t?oni^ ^ '^"'^^ ^^ ""any 
paper n,an brought up h.Thecr?*''"' ^ ^"^ « "ews 
'•onntry life and therefore not '^^r*? ""*''•''« ^^out 

easii,-perci?^'r4;\^ rgto"''"""^^^ -«' ' -"^ 
and this was plainly evidlncel ^7.'^° "^ '''^ "o^d 

applause which greeted 1 wtn ^x ^ '""^^^^ »' ^^ 
«Peak on behalf of the cZe^Zl "'"T^ ^"^'^'^'d to 
one or two previous meetiZ^!^ ' "*"*''''»«• I had at 
character rubbed into me bv V TJ*^"^ "^ « «™ilar 
n.«ed there and then to makeab''„I^f«'" ""-^ ^ -J^ter- 

?dLS4t?s;^-~^^^^^^^^ 

""ainna^, llZtTZ^l'^^iT'' T'^ *» the 
proposition which I thought wonM^^ ""^"^ ^ "'«de a 
especially of the large numbTr of '"'"' *" approbation 
present in the hall. I said I w ^°™* "'"'' ^^^o were 
McKellar boast so often of iabiir"^ °' "^"'"^ Mr. 
r proposed at this meetin^r tl '^ "' '^ P'^^^an and 

-hich would once aTS^aSsefr:^ ' P^«''«'^' te«t 
^narked that I had myseW sll ^'^ ""'««^- I re- 
mencement of my city career 1,- ^T.^'^'^''^ *»■« '•'>"'- 
being one of the hestploZlnZ^"^'^' reputation of 
suggested that Mr. McSTf^"^ ""^^""'P- ^ then 
hand over $50 to the cEit . '"^'"^ «''°'"d each 
« which we should Jve a olT-".'^,?'"'^ ^^'^^t a fie d 
ability at the plow-i^a^^^™ '^ '"-tra«^^ of our 
older man than myself I aecoJo^ f '■ ^^^^ellar was an 



raLr^,^i'^v- tr r.' '.-"- *^» '» ^^-^o the 

Petent judges we etoXr*^."!'^" """^ '"'«« «»°- 

by the loser toTe^^d2™f„ \tl"" '• *'* ^ ""* "P 
and $10 for a plowinrZlr k ^^ P"^*" »' *25, $15 
the township TWoZil '^''" """ y°"^« •»««<>' 
ed applause by the erowH ^'i%'«<=«'^«d ^"h unbonnd- 

Kellar^o either XToTtSehr?.,"''"" ^'^ ^''- 
evidently «,prepared for myJl ^fZT ."^^ J"' 
proper time to consider it he ^^1*1^ V}"""^ *'''^« 
bej and I therefore won'f atpSrX^-- "' "'•" 

">»7;:LTth^*:hrirtirr'-^^ 

felt positive would ha"etLnJi! J^'^'^' ^''•'"' ^ 
a handsome amount aT tl^ $^1; t ?°'^* "^"^ ^""^ 
peted for by themselves hnw t^.^ '°'*'" *° "« <»">- 
b7 them to theirTSf p'lo^^^:';4^^^^^ ^ "^ "^^'"^ 
a chance of spenLg a pEt W 1^ """^^ '"'^'' 
same time show them wh«lT ,i^f *" *^° ""^ »* «Je 
At this the apprau^ta'orth''l°»j^«P'<''^« line, 
during which Ir^hZ Zl v * heartiest description, 
for the Qu2: Z^ "l" *"' "^''^S f<" tbree cheers 

bluff I had played on him by sT2« that ? ."'^**''^ *^' 
my life hflndljKl <> «i« v ^ *'*y"'S ttat I had never in 

«i. i "»f ri'M*™" Tir ■■'• **" " 



AKD OTBIB BXBIOHIB 299 

ttiat had been played upon liin, and many a time after. 
«^to"S„' • "^ "'t?''* »' Sheriff 'of H^to?^ 

S«l"„7^* ?*"" *" **'• MoKeUar'. abiUty on the poli- 
«<«J platform he was one of those genial men it wm ^er 
. pleajmre to meet, and his frankoff-hand^^eJ 
made hmi popular -rith all olassee. ^^ 



aoo 



OAWAOUM TV„ MOOlXlonoNi 



A COBNEB ON BATS. 

tot "ir^t ^itatir^^ "'^"^ ' '-^^«' 

"tove. in the office of a °n J! "T^ '"" °' «» W« 

-he. the co„.el^;^:rdtrs '"'" ^ ^-"^-f 

heated in the olH f.^- I ^^ Ares-the hotel being 

-art .X XttTfr^nMtnr^r ' 
vions to his leaving the hi w„™T v ". .'"^ """^ P"*" 

of the basement^oS TtJr.' ,"* ""* *^« ^ "?«* 
dents. At the aZ3, V • ?"**' '"'"""'^^ ^"^ «>- 

longer food forCtnLrl'' '''""' "">" ^^ »° 
would travel nDth«T ""e wharves, hosts of them 

for what wal ^Lb^ "' '''' ^ ^^^'^ <"'«»«- 

spo?:f''!ctdi*':ar;er- -^ ^--^^^ ^-^^^-^ 

ally honey(«mbedVheJthl h,H '^'""f,' ?'■'•** "**'■ 
through. Cats bv the dLn^i^t *°?"*"*^ *«' -"7 
Pnrpoi of 1?„KeroTb t^-^i-rt'^^^ 

:2tX:hXS-i~^^^- 

and many times in thV«? , ^'■°'° ""^'^^ ''n^i^esg 



A»D OIHWI tKITORM 3QI 

a«wen rats with bii handa, unaided by a doe or tran 
, , '"'"*• J^ne bet waa made. I eaiiM) nn ti.. 

RetunuDs to the offlo, the Ne* Yort-TTlt .i. .■ 

jtr^r::;rh:rr«:j^-T£S 

•.m.8 room ,|| hmd. M Wrf. Th, W™ h.i°, 4,2 

=•,.X'7h•^hU«'J•2r "•"- ^^ " - 

Dave proceeded to work m the most methodical man- 

the tables, when he would pop him in " on one of 

for?eS"wo?:'v*w w?"^."* ^^"^" ™*«' ""-J ^ere- 
f^fntv '^ ^'*' ''"* *" «^^« *''« Gothamite a little 

fun for his money, Dave made two otl: ;■ raids securing 

show h>. utter fearlessness in handling rats, he allow^ 
the New Yorker to point out the ugliest and wickedS 



*» OAHDIAK IU„ .EOOLMCTIOK. 

and opened the tro^L7L^°!^^' ''"''»''* "»> «»* 

icar /riend wan J to 1 ?„H .K "" '" "" °" ^•'• 

.. Dave unbutti'lKt j'a SS^nlliT °' '"' ''"* 
a mixture of fri„k* " ■°" »"<" popped the rat in wai 

A pleasant hour was spent over the win. »„j 
ments were made to iret «nml . • . ' """^ arrange- 
polish off the «t. This "! *7Tr """ -""i-gand 
New Torlcer left Mo^i^u" S'L""''"^ *"' «"•' '»« 
wperience he could telU r J f *u^"' ''""" P^'^O""*' 



AHD OTNICII IIKETUHM 



;«»:t 



THORNfMKKK STOCK FARM. 

difficult to JarTpKainsTthat r- ""^ "" '^'"" '"'' '"' 
When individual members „f,! a J ?^'* enter|)rise8. 

impossible to secure thoJ, . f ^ ' ^®' '' "«'' '""""^ 
discontinued "^'"•'' """^ *^^'" •"•««di«'»C was 

The premier tliorouirhbred siro „» ti. ■ ■« . 
imported Enriish hJln J Thorncliflfe is the 
famousOrme reSFU "",.' ^'"'"' ''^ ""e world- 
000. the hiZi priee eve Taid°f • f "" '"' *»«^- 
Shore, the dam of Or J Q^ ' " '""■'"'^- "^'iwuia 

vo.ti.eur, oJ:or";irt^i^'VeLt''"or^• t^ 

Ormonde, out of Angelica, by Oalopin! ""' " ''^ 

Judging by the success of the (ret of Opm« ek . , 
'a.st spring ..ting of the OntarTo'. r^^Clut U il Si 



304 CANABIAH TUBF BECOIXECTIONS 

Daineeriield of r ^^!l ' u " *''® "P"''"" °^ Major 

laS'ontle^LirthTlf •°^*''^'^^^ '""^^^^ -* a 
this populaTbreS of tf^'''''i?"==^^'°"'"« ""oO °f 

--s.in this cou»4' b"^:;:? oS*?i°sr S" 

jy.r. ™w I, rtj, ,, ,1,, S.,f„' 2 »;," 

age than when, as Squire of Thor^orff ^ f "'^''"°*- 

«.2«,f'.-attherrrhtret'^L;t^^^^^^^ 

splendid mansion at TndmnWi™ »r »»"«> or at ms 

;n. at Wh P,acest:Mtr::;dS''l;"r "^ 

"sTted"ho°clT° T "" "^^^ *"« -ntine^t ha?e 
visited Thomchffe, and one and all carry awav with fSl™ 

ptzir."^*'"- °^ *^« bea„tif^'':Lm